Facilities

Advanced Functional Nanomaterials & Energy Devices Laboratory

The Arava Research Group is interested in fundamental electrochemical principles underlying energy systems such as batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells. The group designs a variety of nanomaterials and understands transport phenomena, electrode kinetics, electrocatalytic activity, and thermal and electrochemical stabilities under extreme environments. The diverse applications include developing high energy and safe batteries for electric vehicles, micro-batteries to power micro-sensors, and flexible hybrid energy devices for wearable assistive technologies.

Boyd Fabrication Laboratory

The Boyd Fabrication Laboratory (Boyd Lab) at Iowa State is available to students for use in course projects, student group projects and research. Facilities include classroom and conference rooms, project showroom, computer-aided design lab, welding shop, machine shop, and work stations for student groups to build and demonstrate projects.

Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition

Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D), provides world-class capabilities and facilities in additive manufacturing technology for the benefit of a broad range of government and industrial sponsorship. The new Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) is installed at Innovation Park on the campus of Penn State. The 8,000 square-foot facility includes several additive manufacturing (AM) systems capable of full consolidation of polymeric, metallic, and ceramic material systems, as well as a state-of-the-art design studio and prototyping laboratory which includes a host of characterization techniques.

CInDI Laboratory

The Computational Intelligence and Design Informatics Lab at Wayne State University provides students with cutting-edge CAD modeling and simulation software and graphic workstations. This 1,500 square foot laboratory hosts multiple project sponsored by industries and federal agencies, while allowing synergistic interactions between students and sponsors. The CInDI lab’s current research focuses on the realization of new paradigms of CAD modeling that support the emerging manufacturing processes and predictive modeling that integrates design and manufacturing processes.

CARES Laboratory

The Computer-Assisted Robot-Enhanced Systems (CARES) is housed in the Engineering Building on Wayne State University’s main campus in the heart of Detroit. This lab develops and tests enhancements for robotic applications that include medical, military, and space exploration. Researchers have expertise in areas including augmented reality, robotic kinematics, simulation, Raman Spectroscopy, hardware and software development and human factors. This lab works closely with local hospitals (Children’s Hospital/DMC), NASA, and the US Army to ensure that the research has a meaningful impac

Design Engineering Lab

With six active faculty, the Design Engineering Lab at Oregon State University is the largest academic mechanical engineering design research lab in the US. Students learn the gamut of design, from how to size bolts to managing a large team of engineers. The particular areas of research within the lab include: Design of energy systems, Applied numerical optimization, Analysis of complex systems, and Computer aided design and automated synthesis. The lab is composed of several facilities, with equipment including a collaborative engineering/conferencing “video wall”, 12 workstations with a wide variety of design software, a dedicated prototyping area with tools, and servers for design researchers. The Design Engineering Lab is focused upon both research and education, serving both graduate and undergraduate researchers, as well as providing resources for the design curriculum.

Exploratorium

The Exploratorium at UMass is a 2,500 square foot laboratory fostering communication and collaboration between engineering students and faculty. It features a computer lab, teleconferencing hardware and software, and several reconfigurable meeting spaces. Students have access to state-of-the-art engineering software packages, including finite element packages, CAD modeling software tools, and specialty modeling and simulation tools.

Factory for Advanced Manufacturing Education

The Factory for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) at Penn State is a 10,000-square foot integrated high bay laboratory for teaching and research. The main objectives of FAME are to reinforce the principles and theoretical concepts taught in the classroom and to introduce students to the equipment, procedures, and difficulties associated with common engineering processes. The lab houses many diverse manufacturing processes including casting, welding, machining, forming, injection molding, and assembly systems. It also includes automated high-tech facilities dealing with robotics and assembly featuring computer-integrated manufacturing cells and robots.

Motion Simulation Laboratory

The Motion Simulation Laboratory at UB focuses on high end simulation and visualization of ground and air motion applications. The lab includes a 6 degree-of-freedom motion platform with vehicle buck and surround screens. In addition, a zero degree-of-freedom simulator is available for mixed-fidelity applications.

New York State Center for Engineering Design and Industrial Innovation

The New York State Center for Engineering Design and Industrial Innovation (NYSCEDII) at UB mission is to develop next-generation design, manufacturing, product, and process development tools that best exploit new information, visualization, and simulation technologies. NYSCEDII focuses on multi-disciplinary collaboration with industrial and academic partners, a perspective for systems-thinking, and a realization that well informed decision-making is fundamental to the design of complex systems.

Rapid Manufacturing and Prototyping Laboratory

The Rapid Manufacturing and Prototyping Laboratory (RMPL) at Iowa State develops new methods and processes for the rapid creation of components directly from CAD input. The lab includes several CNC machines, rapid prototyping machines, and laser scanning and measurement devices. The major goal of RMPL is to eliminate the pre-process engineering time and skill required to create a custom component. RMPL focuses only on fully functional components, made from steel, aluminum, wood and plastic tooling for metal casting and even human bone for orthopedic implants.

v-CAx Laboratory

The v-CAx Lab at BYU provides global collaborative leadership in multi-user computer-aided applications (CAx), instruction of state-of-the-art CAx tools, and leading research in the integration and automation of computer-aided design, analysis, manufacturing, and product lifecycle management methods. The lab serves as a focal point for the advancement and interoperability of CAE, CAD, CAM, and PLM.

Virtual Reality Applications Center

The Virtual Reality Application Center (VRAC) at Iowa State is an interdisciplinary research center focusing on the rapidly expanding interface between humans and computers. Facilities include the C6, a six-walled high resolution immersive synthetic environment; Mirage, a training environment consisting of a large stereo projection screen and wide area tracking in a reconfigurable room; METaL, a three-wall immersive synthetic environment; and various other workstations and interface devices. VRAC research focuses on the development of computer interfaces to amplify the creativity and productivity of people.