Henry Zhang

First CTD projects: more efficient shipping, ultrasonic shot peening

What is the most cost-effective way to load a shipping container? How can you make a piece of metal stronger using less energy?

The founding members of the Purdue’s Center for Technology Development (CTD) have asked its faculty researchers to address these questions over a one-year period. The two projects are the first for the center, which was launched in January 2012.

3-D printers offer new manufacturing options

Henry Zhang’s Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory (MDL) is home to the state’s largest self-built 3-D printer. In fact, it was used to create many of its own pieces.

A 3-D printer is one of the necessities for additive manufacturing. It gives manufacturers the flexibility to produce parts with complicated features and with a lot less expense than casting a part. It is also a convenient way to make a prototype, directly converting a CAD 3-D-modeled design. It has many applications in future manufacturing industry.

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