Welcome to the homepage of the Laboratory of Laser-based Manufacturing. We are proud to be a part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah.

Lasers have very unique properties and can be used to add, remove, join, deform and in-situ synthesize materials. They have been used as advanced tools for the manufacturing in aerospace, energy, automotive, medical, electronics and other industries.

The primary interest of our lab is to invent new techniques and improve existing techniques of laser-based manufacturing, striving to improve the accuracy, efficiency, and product properties of the manufacturing processes.

We use experiment and computer simulation techniques to understand the underlying physics of laser-based manufacturing processes, and we use such understanding to optimize the processes and maximize the potential of the techniques.

In addition, we are also actively expanding our research activities to other advanced manufacturing processes. For example, we have started some exciting works to investigate the binder jetting and sintering processes for the additive manufacturing of metal and ceramics materials.

We Are Recruiting for 2021!

We Are Recruiting for 2021!
We have multiple research assistant positions that will start in 2021 Spring/Fall semesters. The students will work on the numerical modeling for various advanced manufacturing processes. Learn More

Recent News

[Student] 07/25/2020: Our Ph.D. student Wenkang Huang had come back from his 6-month visit to the General Motors R&D center at Warren, Michigan. His works there have been recorded in a paper entitled “Investigation of metal mixing in laser keyhole welding of dissimilar metals” published in Materials & Design.

[Funding] 09/01/2020: Dr. Jiyoung Chang and Dr. Tan just received an NSF grant for “Patterning of Nanofibers on Three-Dimensional Surfaces Using Self-Aligning Nanojets Driven by Electrostatic Forces”.

[Funding] 08/01/2020: Dr. Tan just received another NSF award for “Collaborative Research: Modulating Powder Bed Cohesion to Reduce Defects in Binder Jetting”. This grant is in collaboration with Professor Nathan Crane at the Brigham Young University.

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