News Release: SUNY Poly Awarded $50K from the National Science Foundation to Develop New Approach for 3D Printing of Pure Alloys

News Release: SUNY Poly Awarded $50K from the National Science Foundation to Develop New Approach for 3D Printing of Pure Alloys

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 11:07
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For Release:           Immediate – October 14, 2020
Contact:                  Steve Ference, Director of University Communications
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ALBANY – SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) announced today it received an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund ongoing research by Associate Professor of Nanoengineering Dr. Gregory Denbeaux and three students who discovered a revolutionary additive manufacturing process for metals that could help transform manufacturing for American industries.

“On behalf of the SUNY Poly community, I am extremely grateful to the NSF for its award supporting this groundbreaking research by our faculty and students,” SUNY Poly Interim Dean of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Dr. André Melendez said. “This funding will allow our institution to discover new, scientific approaches to 3D printing as it highlights SUNY Poly as a top choice for providing the foundation for students to discover science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based (STEM) higher education opportunities.”

The $50,000 research effort, entitled, “I-Corps: High purity metal additive manufacturing,” will enable Dr. Denbeaux and student researchers to develop the technology throughout the rest of the year and into the fall 2020 semester. The award will support SUNY Poly graduate student Bridget “Bee” Boland who submitted the award application with Bruce Toyama, NY CREATES Business Development Director for Artificial Intelligence Programs.

“The commitment from the NSF to SUNY Poly is exciting as it will support the work by these students to commercialize this additive manufacturing process,” Dr. Denbeaux said. “These students have been an inspiration as they fully leverage SUNY Poly’s advanced capabilities, and this research in particular could lead to the formation of a company to push this technology into the market.”

“This program has allowed me to grow as both a researcher and entrepreneur,” said SUNY Poly Graduate Student Bee Boland. “As researchers, we usually only think about research for the sake of research. However, the I-Corps program has allowed us to explore how to develop our technology so that it can ultimately be commercialized.”


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