Additive Manufacturing

Metal part production via additive manufacturing process

Increasing Profit and Reducing Waste

UDRI offers a variety of research services in additive manufacturing (AM), commonly referred to as 3D printing. AM uses a computer-driven printer to deposit layers of polymer, metal, or other media – from the bottom up – to create simple or intricate objects, as dictated by a three-dimensional, digital design file of the object. AM can be used to print spare parts as needed or to create very large tooling and molds for traditional forms of manufacturing.

Top: Sparks fly as a metal part is produced via the additive manufacturing process. Image credit: UDRI/Dale Jackson


  • Advanced, Printable Composites - UDRI performs R&D in advanced, printable composites, specifically to help reduce the time and cost of manufacturing composite structures for aircraft.
  • Computer-Based Models - UDRI develops models that allow manufacturers to better predict the cost of developing a printed composite part, which can be difficult for small- and mid-sized businesses.
  • Integrating AM into Production - Small- to mid-size manufacturers are often unsure how to adopt additive manufacturing. We help create a “recipe” including development and analysis of materials and sample parts, production trial runs, and quality control data collection.
  • Manufacturing Tooling - Our researchers develop advanced additive manufacturing processes that produce complex geometry tools at a fraction of the cost of conventionally machined metal tools.
  • Product Development - UDRI performs reverse engineering of existing products via 3D digitization and geometric analysis, 3D printing of hardware and prototype models, and computer design and optimization of molds and tools to make new products.
AM Technology Development

UDRI designs, analyzes, builds, tests, transitions, and sustains groundbreaking technologies in additive manufacturing. In addition, we help clients integrate these technologies in order to help them stay competitive and reduce costs.

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AM Quality Inspection

UDRI tests the effect of various materials and process variables; we also study process monitoring and the development of process control schemes. Our open architecture enables advanced studies that are impossible or difficult with proprietary systems.

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