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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

Metal Printing Capabilities

CDME students operating AddUp FormUp 350
AddUp FormUp 350
With dual 400W lasers, the FormUp350 features an open platform allowing the capability to fine-tune build parameters and powder processing.​
Exone 3D printer
ExOne Innovent 3D Printer
The ExOne is the premiere printer for Binder Jetting 3D printing technology for sand and metal as well as ceramic materials.
Aram Q10+
Arcam Q10+
The Arcam Q10+ builds dense metal parts layer by layer using metal powder and EBM (Electron Beam Melting) technology to melt each layer to the previous section.
Open Additive Panda 06 (Metal Printer)
Open Additive Panda 06
The Open Additive Panda 06 utilizes laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF) technology to build dense metal parts.
trumpf trulaser cell 3000
TRUMPF Trulaser Cell 3000
The TRUMPF Trulaser Cell 3000 has a compact five-axis laser system and utilizes blown powder direct energy deposition (DED) with a 2kW laser to build metallic and metallic-ceramic parts.
GE Concept Laser M2 Series 3
GE Concept Laser M2 Series 3
The GE Concept Laser M2 Series 3 uses selective laser melting (SLM) to create metal parts out of materials including nickel alloys, steels, aluminum alloys and cobalt chrome alloys.
EOS M 290 Additive printer
EOS M290
The EOS M290 primarily specializes in aerospace applications. It uses laser power bed fusion (L-PBF) technology to create dense parts from metals including Inconel 718 and Ti64.
AconityOne printer
Aconity3D AconityOne
The Aconity3D AconityOne is used in material parameter development projects. At 400mm, it has the largest build plate of any of the LPBF machines.
Fabrisonic 3D printer
Fabrisonic Layer 7200
The Fabrisonic Layer 7200 printer is CDME’s only ultrasonic AM machine. Metal foils, even of dissimilar metals, are merged using ultrasonic sound waves without melting.
GE MLab printer
GE M-Lab
Most projects are collaborative efforts to take advantage of the lower material costs associated with this small-scale L-PBF system for material and process R&D.

Recent Headlines


CDME student receives national scholarship for AM innovation
CDME receives America Makes funding to enhance AM process monitoring
Meet the Team with Principal Engineer Dimitri Papazolgou
One-of-a-kind Solukon depowdering machine lands at CDME

Ready to engage?

We're looking forward to learning more about your needs and exploring collaborative opportunities. To begin the partnership process or learn more about our 3D printing capabilities, send us an email at