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Plenary Lecture

Meta-Manufacturing: Multiscale and Multifunctional Manufacturing at Digital Age

Tuesday (23.06.2020)
16:10 - 16:50 Room 1

16:10 - 16:50

Advanced manufacturing has become the powerhouse that trigger innovation of intelligent, flexible, customer-oriented product development and new business models in the industrial ecosystem worldwide. Transformation and adaptation of advanced manufacturing technologies, such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, the internet of things and next-generation robotics, highlight the importance of data and interconnectivity in the future manufacturing ecosystem. In the meantime, the rapid emergence of ecological constraints calls for integrated functional products and manufacturing solutions that meet the critical societal challenges such as energy efficiency, carbon emission, worker safety, and environmental regulations at large scale. The scientific breakthroughs of data and interconnectivity driven manufacturing may lead to a paradigm shift of meta-manufacturing, that is, design and processing multifunctional elements at unprecedented precision and heterogeneity. In this plenary talk, I will present our research vision towards a library of accurate designer voxels with predictive analytics that capture essential mechanical and physical properties based on the microstructure. These multifunctional elements can be exemplified by the emerging architectured metamaterials with integrated functions that are desirable for a broad array of applications in confined spaces, including impact absorption, thermal management and chemical processing, optical transparency, structural morphing, as well as real time monitoring and repair.

Prof. Dr. Nicholas Xuanlai Fang
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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