Research Facilities

The Materials Innovation Guild (MIG) is located in 214 Shumaker Research Building. MIG focuses on research related to the processing, characterization and design of sintered materials and powder processes including additive manufacturing and powder injection molding (3dmaterials.us and uofl3dpbiz.com).

Simulations Tools:

Software design tools are available for part drawings (SolidWorks), 3D printing part build design (Materialize and Magics) and simulations (Moldex3D) at the University of Louisville. Additionally, MIG also has access to licenses for 3D CAD simulation software ANSYS. For materials design as well as selection of materials and processes, the group has CES Selector and Edupack tools. Thermocalc is available for alloy design. In addition, all major instrumentation and process equipment are equipped with their own software.



Characterization Tools:

A Goettfert capillary rheometer integrated with pressure-volume-temperature and thermal conductivity measurements is available at MIG.  In addition various tools for measuring powder characteristics including a Micromeritics helium pycnometer and Hall flow, angle of repose measurements and tap density are available at MIG.  Further, metallography tools, Vickers and Rockwell hardness, particle size analysis, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy, tensile testing, and thermal analysis (heat capacity, thermogravimetric analysis) are also available at the University of Louisville as part of the Conn Center.

Process Equipment:

3D printing machines: Concept Laser – Metal 3D printer is available at MIG. In addition, EOS-M270, M290, and PROX-300 are available elsewhere on campus at the Rapid Prototyping Center and Additive Manufacturing Competency Center. FDM 3D printers (Meakergear M2, Z-Morph), torque rheometer for identifying suitable powder-polymer compositions and making filaments for FDM printing, twin-screw extruder for producing powder-polymer mixtures and making filaments for FDM printing, several molds, tube and box furnaces to 1700oC in air, nitrogen, or hydrogen for debinding and sintering are available at MIG. In addition, a fully instrumented injection molding machine is available elsewhere on campus. The Mechanical Engineering Department also has a machine shop to support most common fabrication needs.