3D Printing Ecosystem

Currently in the middle of one of the fastest scale-up implementations of 3D printing, with one of the largest numbers of 3d printers, of any university dedicated to teaching CAD modeling, 3D printing, and STEM concepts to all students.

3D Metal Printing:

  • Material Testing
  • Parameter Optimization


R. Emert, J. Campana, J. Harron, D. Thomas, Rapid Expansion of Teaching and Learning STEM Concepts via 3D Printing Ecosystem, NSF IUSE, pending 2021.

R. Emert, S. Rolf, CNC Advanced Multi-Axis Programming, NSF ATE, 2015-2018.

Publications and Presentations:

J. Harron, R. Emert, D. Thomas, J. Campana, Laying the Groundwork for STEAM: Scaling and Supporting 3D Design and Printing in Higher Education, Frontiers in Education, abstract submitted 2021.

M. Garcia, A. Moghadam, A. Tekes, R. Emert, Development of a 3D Printed Soft Parallel Robot, Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Portland, OR, November 16-19, 2020.

Oral Presentation, "The Additive Manufacturing Workforce: What are their qualifications? What are their skill sets? Where do you find them?" RAPID, 2019.

Oral Presentation, R. Emert, S. Rolf, "Multi-Axis Machining: A Critical Need for Innovative Manufacturing Education," HAAS Technical Educator Conference, 2015.

Oral Presentation, "Training the Future Rapid Development Workforce" RAPID, 2014.

Oral Presentation, “CNC and Design a Coordinated Effort Gives Students Practical Knowledge of Design for Manufacturability”, Polytechnic Summit, 2011.

Oral Presentation, “CNC and Design a Coordinated Effort Gives Students Practical Knowledge of Design for Manufacturability”, HTEC, Haas Technical Education Conference, 2011.

Oral presentation, “The Use of Medical Imaging and Rapid Prototyping Technologies in Prosthetic Auricular Fabrication”, International Conference on Reconstructive Preprosthetic Surgery, 2007.

Poster presentation, “The Use of Medical Imaging and Rapid Prototyping Technologies in Prosthetic Auricular Fabrication”, American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics and the International Society of Maxillofacial Rehabilitation, 2006.