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Lehigh extends 3-D reach with first U.S. metal printer

Some have described 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, as the third industrial revolution. It allows users to print things that would be almost impossible to make in a traditional machining environment.

This summer, Lehigh expanded the possibilities with a Renishaw 3-D metal printer, the second the British engineering company has ever made in its particular series and the first in the United States. Lehigh acquired the printer through a uniquely comprehensive educational partnership with Renishaw.

Brian Slocum, managing director of Lehigh’s Wilbur Powerhouse and Design Labs and director of the university’s Additive Manufacturing Lab, and doctoral student Trevor Verdonik will visit Renishaw’s headquarters in England to learn how to develop process parameters from the Renishaw side.

"We’ve had [3-D printing] at Lehigh for a long time, way before it was the cool thing to do," says Slocum. "Now there’s actually some core scientific research dollars coming in that we can tap into. I think we’re well leveraged to do that."

Read the full story in the Fall/Winter 2016 Edition of the Lehigh Bulletin.

-Kelly Hochbein is the Assistant Editor with Lehigh University's Office of Communications and Public Affairs.

February 3, 2017

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