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  • Professor Shin received the SME/NAMRI S.M. Wu Research Implementation Award on June 30, 2016 for his pioneering work on laser-assisted machining and industrial implementation during the 2016 MSEC/NAMRC conference held in Blacksburgh, Virginia.   See the announcement.

  • Professor Shin gave an invited talk at the Workshop on Predictive Theoretical and Computational Approaches for Additive Manufacturing held on Oct. 7-9, 2015 at the National Academy of Science in Washington, DC.   His lecture can be viewed from the NAS web site.

  • Professor Shin delivered a lecture with the title of "Can lasers light up new advanced manufacturing and materials processing?" as the distinguished speaker at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Oct. 9, 2015.

  • Professor Shin was recognized on June 1, 2015 at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan, during SME Gala with the SME Fredrick W. Taylor Research Medal for his significant contributions to the science and art of manufacturing processes.  For further information, see the press release.

  • Professor Shin gave a lecture at Tsinghua University on May 19, 2015 with the topic of "Role of Lasers on Modern Manufacturing".

  • Professor Benxin Wu joined Purdue after a successful career at Illinois Institute of Technology and is now serving as the associate director of the Center.

  • Two recent graduates working at the Center began their careers in academia.  Dr. Wenda Tan is an assistant professor at the University of Utah, while Dr. Xin Zhao is now an assistant professor at Clemson.

  • Dr. Shin, center director, delivered lectures on the capabilities and potential of additive manufacturing to large industrial audiences at several conferences in 2014.

  • Several patents were issued based on new inventions from the Center:

    Laser-Assisted Machining Process with Distributed Lasers, U.S. Patent No. 8,053,705 B2, Nov. 8, 2011.

      Integrated Laser Material Processing Cell, U.S. Patent No. 8,604,381 B1, Dec. 10, 2013.

    Machining Apparatus and Process, U.S. Patent No. 8,839,497 B2, Sept. 23, 2014

    Laser-Assisted Micro Machining Systems and Methods, U.S. Patent No. 8,847,114 B1, Sept. 30, 2014

  • Several students who worked on the Center projects went to industry and academia in recent years:  Tyler A. Davis (Ph.D., 2011) Caterpillar; Wenqian Hu (Ph.D., 2011) Cummins Engine Company; Pratik Halani (M.S., 2011) Schlumberger; Hongtao Ding (Ph.D., 2012) Univ. of Iowa (assistant professor); Shaoyi Wen (Ph.D., 2012) Univ. of Texas, Austin; J. Michael Wilson (M.S., 2012) Cenit North America; Gary Hedberg (M.S., 2013) Cenit North America Xiaoyang Ye (M.S., 2014) CGG, US Imaging; Masiyang Luo (M.S., 2014) Cummins Engine Company

  • The Center hosted another workshop on laser direct deposition on Nov. 10 at Purdue University.  About 35 people participated in the workshop.  Please see the workshop page for details.

  • The Center Industrial Advisory Board was held on Nov. 11 at Purdue University.  For details, please see

  • The successful new results of several projects carried out at the Center were presented at two upcoming conferences. Materials Sciences and Technology 2011 Conference & Exhibition during Oct, 16-20 in Columbus, Ohio and International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO) during Oct. 23-27 in Orlando, Florida.

  • Using the recently established shadowgraphy and fluorescent measurement set-up, we have been able to successfully capture the early plasma formed during femtosecond laser ablation with picosecond time resolution.   For details, see the new paper published in Physics of Plasmas.  This study has revealed new science on how early plasma affects laser-material interaction in ultrashort laser ablation.

  • A recent success story at the Center includes direct synthesis of Nitinol shape memory alloy directly from elementary Ni and Ti powders.   An article summarizing this work is being published.

  • Over the last few months, a number of industrial companies have visited the Center, including Honda, Silfex, Deloro Stellite, Edison Welding Institute, Strykers, Dow Chemicals, Lawrence Livermore Berkeley National Lab, and Huffman. We welcome your visit anytime.

  • A new 1 kW fiber laser has been ordered from IPG Photonics.  This new laser will be used to outfit the existing 3 axis MAZAK milling machine and will be utilized for projects dealing with laser-assisted milling and laser welding.

  • A second powder feeder has been acquired and installed on the Optomec LENS750 system.  The system now provides the capabilities of building gradient structures.

  • A new set-up for two-photon polymerization has been established.  The set-up includes a 3-axis nano positioning system from Aerotech, a high NA objective lens and a Ti-Sapphire femtosecond laser.   This unit will be used to build 3D nano-size structures.

  • Our work on the ultrafast laser-based scribing of this film solar cells has been featured by a number of news media.  Please see the Media Coverage page to see the link.  

  • Industrial Laser Solutions published a featured article on Laser Assisted Machining - LAM benefits a wide range of difficult-to-machine materials, (pp. 18-22 in Jan/Feb 2011 issue).   Industrial Laser Solutions is one of the leading magazines dealing with laser applications to manufacturing in industry.

  • One of the Professor Shin's group's paper is among the most cited papers published in International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture from 2006 to 2010.  "Laser-assisted machining of Inconel 718 with an economic analysis" Volume 46, Issue 14, 2006, pp. 1879-1891 Anderson, M., Patwa, R., Shin, Y.C.

  • One of the Professor Shin's group's paper was shown to be among the hottest 25 papers from 2009 to 2010 in International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture.  "Machinability improvement of titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V) via LAM and hybrid machining", International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, Volume 50, Issue 2, February 2010, Pages 174-182 Dandekar, C.R.; Shin, Y.C.; Barnes, J. 

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