TechWorks Campus, Waterloo, IA; Home of UNI's Additive Manufacturing CenterAt the Additive Manufacturing Center, staff and students provide services targeted towards demonstration, education and consultation in additive manufacturing.  Past clients have included small and large companies alike, as well as all five branches of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Industry Service

With unmatched expertise and equipment, we have the capability to use special materials and/or processes that aren’t yet commercially available to provide molds and cores to companies.  We work with larger companies and industry associations for the acceptance and adoption of technology and then have the opportunity to move this technology down to smaller companies involved in the supply chain.  Almost all of our additive manufacturing projects are integrated into production methodologies and sold to customers.  In fact, our knowledge, expertise and direct industry outreach, the state Iowa now has the most private companies using 3D sand printing technology in the United States.

Research & Development

Staff and students are continuously working on R&D projects to advance the additive manufacturing industry. Just a few highlights:

  • Developed new domestic printing materials that have reduced the cost of 3D sand printing by more than 80%
  • Assisted in the development of low-VOC non-flammable printer cleaning fluid that reduces fire, environmental and worker safety risks
  • Development of environmentally safe inorganic resin systems to be used in sand printing technology

Lab Capabilities

Recent expansions in 2017 have allowed the Additive Manufacturing Center

  1. Production Lab
  2. Student Engineering Center (new in 2017)
  3. Plastic Printing Lab (new in 2017)
  4. Robotic Mold Machining Center (new in 2017)
  5. Design Lab (in partnership with Hawkeye Community College)

Additive Manufacturing Center Equipment

  • ExOne S-Max Sand Printer

  • ExOne X1-Lab Metal Printer

  • 3D Systems ProX300 Direct Metal Laser Sintering Printer

  • Hexagon Metrology 3 Meter Romer Arm with Laser Scanner

  • Voxeljet Systems, VX200 Sand Printer

  • 3D Platform Plastics Printer

  • 5-Axis Kuka Robotic Mold Mill

  • Tinker Omega 3DSP Sand Printer