NEAT LABS RAISES THE BAR FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

NEAT LABS RAISES THE BAR FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

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Michael Sealy (left) and Prahalada Rao lead Nebraska’s additive manufacturing research efforts. They were also integral in putting together the College’s first additive manufacturing symposium in 2018.
Michael Sealy (left) and Prahalada Rao lead Nebraska’s additive manufacturing research efforts. They were also integral in putting together the College’s first additive manufacturing symposium in 2018.

The College of Engineering officially unveiled its Nebraska Engineering Additive Technology (NEAT) Labs and three hybrid printers during the Great Plains Additive Manufacturing Symposium and an Open House this past spring. 

The three hybrid printers can add or subtract a variety of materials — from plastics to titanium — to create complex three-dimensional designs. They’re located in the Scott Engineering Center and are part of the research efforts in NEAT Labs, which allows researchers and students an opportunity to create projects using additive manufacturing. 

The new technology was on display at the daylong Symposium where nearly 100 scientists, engineers and officials from industry heard additive manufacturing input from several speakers, including College of Engineering alum and Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop. 

Other presentations included Paul Boulware, director, Edison Welding Institute; Alkan Donmez, program manager, engineering laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Phong Du, staff engineer for metal additive manufacturing, Honeywell Kansas City National Security Campus; H. Scott Halladay, director, Center for Digital Technologies, Navajo Technical University; Prahalada Rao, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering, UNL; Edwin Schwalbach, research materials engineer at Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base; Michael Sealy, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering, UNL; and Joshua Steelman, assistant professor of civil engineering, UNL. 

“Nebraska is positioning itself as a hub for additive manufacturing in a variety of industries, including agricultural equipment, manufacturing and biomedical,” Rao said. “If this research is successful, it will have a huge impact on how quickly and reliably we can turn around new products and designs, spurring innovation in Nebraska.” 

The purpose of the NEAT Labs is to provide a state-of-the-science regional hub for additive manufacturing technology and to create opportunities for collaborations among academic research and industry. 

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