Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Enabled Rapid Nanoscale 3D Printing
|Interdisciplinary Areas:||Future Manufacturing
3D printing is one of the most important technology developments in recent history for applications ranging from prototyping, product visualization, to building functional components and devices. Nanoscale 3D printing based on femtosecond laser two-photon polymerization has been used to fabricate a wide range of nanostructured materials and devices with unprecedented properties and functionalities. However, the slow speed of 3D nanoprinting, which is a point-by-point printing process, is a major obstacle to its adoption for a wider spread of applications. Recently, a rapid, continuous, layer-by-layer femtosecond laser projection 3D nanoprinting technology has been developed at Purdue. This project is to incorporate machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) in 3D nanoprinting to improve the robustness of the 3D printing process and the 3D printing accuracy. Various advanced ML algorithms, in combination with physics-based modeling, will be used to develop ML and AI tools for printing arbitrary nanoscale 3D geometries. Femtosecond laser processing and photo-polymerization processes will also be investigated. The ultimate goal is to develop ML and AI-enabled rapid and robust 3D nanoprinting technology to produce precise 3D parts with a significantly higher printing speed compared with state-of-the-art 3D nanoprinting systems.
Ph.D. in, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, or relevant background in femtosecond laser-based manufacturing and/or machine learning.