Additive manufacturing and multifunctional 3D printing refer to processes in which materials are printed, usually layer upon layer, to make objects from 3D model data. It is most often used for design and modeling, fit and function prototyping and parts production, and is acclaimed because it can result in significant savings of time and money, as well as enhanced quality and functionality of products, such as flexible electronics.
These new technologies are capable of blending multiple materials, including metals, ceramics, plastics and composites, within a single component to produce high performance products that would be impossible to produce any other way. Working with industry, government and academic partners, the RIT Additive Manufacturing and Multifunctional Printing (AMPrint) Center is leading development of these next-generation multifunctional 3D printing technologies.
The AMPrint Center, one of New York state’s Centers for Advanced Technology, is among the first research labs in the world to focus on development of next-generation multi-functional 3D printing technologies, materials and devices. It will bring together university and corporate researchers to advance two industries the Finger Lakes region is noted for—printing and imaging—and enhance the global and national competitiveness of New York state manufacturing.