UofL Additive Manufacturing Institute of Science and Technology
The University of Louisville has been a leader in additive manufacturing (3D printing) research for over two decades. Ongoing activities include faculty and staff research; undergraduate, graduate and professional training; and fabrication, design and testing services.
With 15+ affiliated faculty from engineering, medicine and dentistry, the Additive Manufacturing Institute of Science and Technology (AMIST) at the University of Louisville (UofL) supports and promotes the broad range of additive manufacturing (AM) research, educational and professional training activities. Current faculty research is funded by industry and multiple federal agencies, including DoD (Navy, Air Force and Army), NASA and NSF.
Further, UofL's School of Dentistry is a national leader in digital dentistry including image capture, computer simulation and design, and fabrication of medical and dental devices.
In addition, the Bioficial Organs Program aims to create human tissues and organs for clinical therapeutics and in-vitro drug testing using 3D bioprinting technologies.
AMIST's Core Facility, previously known as the (RPC) established in 1993, provides applied research, materials testing and professional training in AM to clients from industry and government. With emphasis on laser and e-beam powder bed processes for metals, plastics and ceramics, the RPC combines the expertise of its professional staff with strategic partnerships in additive technologies.
The University of Louisville is part of NSF's National Nanotechnology Coordinating infrastructure.The UofL node in this network, Kentucky Multi-scale Manufacturing and Nano Integration Node (MMNIN), is focused on integrating manufacturing technology over widely different length scales, that is, combining micro/nano fabrication processes with 3D additive manufacturing. Such integrated devices can provide new solutions to real-life problems in healthcare, energy, the environment, communications and security.