Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing

Enabling a world-class 3D printing ecosystem

The Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME) is positioned to be a leader in the additive manufacturing space, bringing together the equipment and technical expertise needed to foster academia and industry advancement.


Accelerating growth, adoption and discovery in additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology is a core objective of The Ohio State University’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME). The Additive Manufacturing (AM) Division at CDME is equipped to lead this effort, bringing together academic and industry experts to stimulate AM innovation and train the future workforce.

The AM lab houses more than $8 million in additive manufacturing equipment, including industrial 3D printers capable of processing metals, polymers, composites, biomaterials, and ceramics. CDME employs a team of experts in the additive manufacturing space who leverage this equipment while fostering collaboration across disciplines to advance the technology and grow the 3D printing ecosystem in Ohio. 

With unparalleled efficiency, endless applications, and a transformational impact on design and operations, 3D printing is revolutionizing advanced manufacturing practices worldwide. The AM Division is a comprehensive, centralized resource for companies and researchers seeking to access these benefits through design, engineering, prototyping and product enhancement. 

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What We Do

The AM Division bridges the gap between Ohio State’s research capabilities and industry needs in design, manufacturing, workforce development, and technology translation. Led by an in-house team of AM engineers, CDME is shaping the national conversation on 3D printing technology while training and educating the future AM workforce. 

CDME enables the adoption and enhancement of 3D printing and large-scale AM practices across industries. Companies and researchers can leverage our expertise and equipment at any stage of the AM process. We work alongside these academic and industrial partners to solve challenges, improve technological readiness and foster innovation.


Who We Serve

The team at CDME leads the way in developing new AM processes and helping partners from industry and academia use advanced manufacturing techniques to enhance their products. This work directly impacts various industrial sectors, including aerospace, automotive, medical, energy, tooling, and defense. 

To date, CDME has partnered with more than 150 companies and has completed over 520 applied engineering projects. The AM Division is also equipped to partner with organizations in the U.S. Department of Defense supply chain. 

Metal Printing Capabilties

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