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Distinguished Seminar with Dan Berrigan

Automation and Closed-Loop Control in Direct Ink Write Additive Manufacturing


 While digital manufacturing methods have enabled the creation of parts with large variety and low-volume, often understated is the degree of individual engineering required to optimize material behavior, processing conditions, and properties. Current robotic manufacturing control frameworks lack the sensing and autonomy to effectively perceive and decide a course of action in response to these dynamic manufacturing environments. Direct ink write (DIW) additive manufacturing is provides an extreme example where materials and methods are constantly being created by experienced ‘super users’. Using DIW as an example, we seek to address this gap between robot and human experience, by combining predictive analytics, characterization, and adaptive feedback. Moreover by harvesting relevant data with user context, we seek to build an open knowledge community to enable more agility in on-demand manufacturing.


Dan Berrigan leads a newly formed research team in digital manufacturing at AFRL. This is focused on developing the automation, data, and analytical tools needed to enable autonomy within a manufacturing environment. Prior to this role, Berrigan led basic and applied research into additive manufacturing of antennas, and other printed electronics.


Thursday, August 22 at 10:00am

Dougherty Engineering Building, 409
1512 Middle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996

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Lectures & Presentations




Current Students, Faculty & Staff


Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE)

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