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Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
3D Printed Aerospace Structures
The demand for rapid prototyping of lightweight, complex, and low-cost structures has led the aerospace industry to leverage three-dimensional (3D) printing as a manufacturing technology. For example, the manufacture of aircraft engine components, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) wings, CubeSat parts, and satellite sub-systems have recently been realized with 3D printing and other additive manufacturing techniques. In this frosh seminar, we will survey state-of-the-art 3D printing processes and analyze the process-dependent properties of 3D-printed materials and structures. In addition, we will debate the advantages and disadvantages of this approach during class. And to give you exposure to 3D printing systems in action, we will go on tours of 3D printing facilities on campus (Stanford's Product Realization Laboratory), as well as in Silicon Valley (e.g., Made In Space). Students from various backgrounds would benefit from these activities.