Intelligent & Additive Manufacturing

Intelligent & Additive Manufacturing synergistically integrates materials, digital technologies, computational advancements, and hardware innovations into a unified platform, empowering the advancement of sophisticated and efficient production of parts ranging from simple to intricate geometries.

Intelligent manufacturing represents the integration of cutting-edge technologies, data analytics, and automation to establish highly efficient and adaptable manufacturing systems. By leveraging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), big data analytics, robotics, and other innovative manufacturing techniques, researchers in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) at Northeastern University are reshaping traditional manufacturing practices. These technologies enable real-time monitoring, predictive maintenance, autonomous decision-making, and seamless communication between components within the manufacturing ecosystem.

In the field of additive manufacturing, researchers continuously push the boundaries of material possibilities. They explore novel materials beyond traditional plastics, including metal alloys, ceramics, biocompatible substances, and even food-grade materials, unlocking a realm of diverse applications. Moreover, additive manufacturing research endeavors to integrate additional functionalities into printed objects. Scientists investigate the incorporation of electronics, sensors, and even biological components during the printing process, paving the way for the creation of intelligent, interactive, and multifunctional objects embedded with remarkable capabilities.

Researchers in these fields are dedicated to advancing the speed and scalability of manufacturing processes. Through the development of advanced techniques, optimization of parameters, and the utilization of automation and robotics, their goal is to reduce production time and enhance efficiency across both small and large scales.

Within the MIE department at Northeastern, we have a strong, talented group of researchers dedicated to Intelligent & Additive Manufacturing.