Welcome to the Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Laboratory! The members of the DREAMS Lab are driven by a vision of the future wherein the layered fabrication techniques of today's "rapid prototyping" technologies are of a maturity to be considered as viable platforms for the manufacture of end-use artifacts. Our research mission is to be a leader in the transition of rapid prototyping technologies to the new paradigm of additive manufacturing.
To achieve this mission, we conduct research in all facets of additive manufacturing processes, including:
An undergraduate student in the DREAMS Lab uses 3D printing to make dynamic surfaces
Congratulations to Dr. Williams for being awarded "Reviewers' Favourite" for his submission to the ICED 2013
The DREAMS Lab attends the International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium and presents five papers
Dr. Williams presents his design education research at ASME IDETC conference: "Exploring the Effect of the Design Prompt on Students' Design Cognition"
Congratulations to MS student Blake Perez for winning a NSF travel grant to attend the ASME Design Engineering and Technical Conference
STEM teachers participating in Research Experience for Teachers print a tissue scaffold using microscale stereolithography
Dr. Williams is attending the NSF Workshop on Frontiers of Additive Manufacturing Research and Education
Congratulations to Dr. Jacob Moore for successfully defending his dissertation "Promoting Conceptual Understanding via Adaptive Concept Maps"
Young guests visit Virginia Tech and experience the DREAM Vendor
Check out the DREAMS Lab article "Additive manufacturing (AM) and nanotechnology: promises and challenges"
Local STEM teachers participate in NSF Research Experiences for Teachers Program learning about Additive Manufacturing
Congratulations to Drs. Jean Mohammadi-Aragh and Williams for winning best paper award in the Computers in Education division
DREAMS Lab Amy Elliott speaks on WSLS about her experience on The Big Brain Theory
DREAMS Lab Amy Elliott is a finalist on the Discovery Channel's Big Brain Theory
Dr. Williams serves on a panel about developing the future of additive manufacturing workforce at the RAPID Conference and Expo
The DREAMS Lab visits Oak Ridge National Lab's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility
Check out the DREAMS Lab article "Inkjet Printing of Quantum Dots in Photopolymer for Use in Additve Manufacturing of Nanocomposites"
A brief discussion on our 3D printed autonomous quad-copter: 3D Printing Could Revolutionize U.S. Navy
Virginia Tech MSE students make investment castings from 3D printed patterns at VT FIRE
Congratulations to the MSE Senior Design team for finishing their work "Composition of 3D Printed Powders for Sand Casting"
Dr. Williams chaired a session on Additive Manufacturing at the German-American Frontier of Engineering Symposium
Virginia Tech Students dissected a MakerBot 3D for class