Dr. Qi’s Active Materials and Additive Manufacturing Lab currently has an opening for a Postdoc position. Please find more information on the Positions page.
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Our lab is currently researching 4D printing, the fourth dimension being time. These active prints can deform to predetermined shapes or they can be programmed to take certain shapes. We have also developed a method for reusing thermosetting polymers and carbon fiber composites.
Hybrid 3D Printing with DIW and DLP Technologieshttps://www.msm.gatech.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hybrid_DIW.jpg
Combining advanced printing techniques such as Direct Ink Wright (DIW) and Digital Light Processing (DLP) allows for the production of unparalleled functional devices.
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Our group has developed a method to recycle carbon fiber composite structures. The method allows for the reuse of both the epoxy and the carbon fiber fabric.
A major focus in our group is the creation of structures that mimic the art of paper folding. Our methods allow us to print 2D shapes that will fold themselves into the desired 3D structures upon initiation by heat or liquid swelling.
Efficient Epoxy Recyclinghttps://www.msm.gatech.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Epoxy.jpg
Our group has developed a method to recycle thermosetting polymers that retain their material properties and printability upon reuse.
Flexible Motion Sensorshttps://www.msm.gatech.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/figure_sensor.png
Our group has developed flexible, stretchable finger rings with embedded conductive nanoparticle inks. Upon deformation, the conductive properties of the NP inks change, allowing for the detection of motion.
Direct 4D Printinghttps://www.msm.gatech.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/diect4DP.png
Our group's capabilities allow us to print multiple materials simultaneously, which allows us to selectively create inhomogeneities in our printed parts. These inhomogeneities allow for the rapid production of 4D printed parts that will morph upon stimulation.