Summer Undergraduate Research Mentored Experience

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Dr. Bill Tseng

Department of Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering

Applicability and utility of traditional quality control to additive manufacturing and nanotechnology

Preferred major field of study or minimum required skills

Critical thinking, logical reasoning, observation skills, creative assembly of new configurations.

Scholarly significance/intellectual merit

Additive manufacturing and nanotechnology are among the most promising of the emergent disruptive technologies. Even though many advantages and benefits can rightfully be ascribed to these technologies, there remain several limiting factors which need to be investigated before these technologies can enjoy wider utilization and availability. One limiting factor has been the narrow selection of available materials. But also, the aspect of Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) application to these technologies has not been sufficiently investigated.

The research described herein is focused on understanding the applicability and utility of three specific QA/QC aspects to the processes underlying these new technologies:

  • The first aspect is dimensionality, which is the basis for the seven Basic Tools of Quality.    
  • A second aspect involves the idea of process control as it may be applied to additive manufacturing and nanotechnology. Here we include embedded sensors in the process control feedback loops.
  • Thirdly, this research will look at the aspect of testing and in

Research question(s)

  1. What is the level of applicability of non-Cartesian measuring methods to inform dimensionality in additive manufacturing and nanotechnology?
  2. Which factors support or impede the application of Statistical Process Control (SPSS) methods to additive manufacturing and nanotechnology?
  3. What factors support or inhibit the application of current selection and preparation methods to additive manufactur

Methods/techniques/instruments to be learned/utilized

A wide range of research techniques will be used to conduct the study, including literature reviews, design of experiments, running pilot studies, observation and recording of actual industrial processes involving additive manufacturing and/or nanotechnology. Thus, summer undergraduate students will be exposed to diverse and forward-looking techniques in the field of Industrial Engineering.