Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students

3D Printed Aerospace Structures

AA 119N

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.

Meet the Instructor(s)

Debbie Senesky

Debbie G. Senesky is an assistant professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She is a lover of materials and structures ranging in various length scales (nano, micro, and macro). In addition, she is obsessed with understanding how materials, devices, and structures operate within harsh working environments (e.g., deep space, combustion, and down-hole). Her laboratory, the XLab (Extreme Environment Microsystems Laboratory), has the coolest name on campus. Her recent research topics include: high-temperature ceramic sensors for Venus exploration, temperature- and irradiation-dependent properties of SiC and GaN, and radiation-hardened and self-healing semiconductor electronics. In recognition of her research, she received the Early Career Faculty Award from NASA in 2012.