The following proposal is concerned with the analysis of multi-material 3D printing with respect to automated design, and the development of printing methods to:
- Generate custom composite mixtures from existing parent materials, which exhibit desired mechanical properties significantly different from individual parents.
- Generate material mixing strategies to discover arrangements with new, novel mechanical properties applicable to problems in aerospace engineering.
- Allow for computer-driven automatic design of 3D-printed structures to solve difficult mechanical problems, which could be fabricated both on Earth and in space.
Hands-on collaboration with NASA research labs will provide expertise and equipment directly applicable to my work, such as Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication and plastic reformation technology.