3-D Printing: Technologies, Applications and the "Robot Printer"

Though it has been commercially available since the late 1980s, 3-D printing (a.k.a. additive manufacturing) has suddenly become a "hot" topic.  Indeed, the excitement is largely justified.

This talk will provide a general introduction to the various technologies of 3-D printing and review current and emerging applications.  It will also provide an overview of the research underway in SMU's Laboratory for Additive Manufacturing, Robotics, and Automation (LAMRA), where one of the grand challenges of 3-D printing is being pursued with NSF National Robotics Initiative funding.

Adam Cohen is a Clinical Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at SMU and Director of the Laboratory for Additive Manufacturing, Robotics, and Automation (LAMRA).  Professor Cohen is a veteran of the 3-D printing industry, with nearly 27 years of experience.  He developed and brought to market three different 3-D printing technologies, inventing one of them.  Professor Cohen also founded and edited the first 3-D printing industry periodical and holds nearly 70 issued U.S. patents in the field.  At LAMRA he leads a team developing a breakthrough multi-material 3-D printing technology with funding from NSF under the National Robotics Initiative.  Professor Cohen also serves as a member of the editorial board of the scholarly journal 3-D Printing and Additive Manufacturing and is an invited speaker at the Inside 3-D Printing Conference and Expo and the 3-D Printer World Expo.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

To learn more about Professor Cohen's research and to get involved, contact him at