Rensselaer CATS and NYSERDA to Host Biomimicry and Additive Manufacturing Seminar on November 2

NYSERDA’s Biomimicry Technical Assistance Team, in collaboration with the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, are pleased to present a seminar exploring what additive manufacturing may be able to learn from nature's manufacturing expertise. The seminar will be held from 1:30-4:00pm in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) Auditorium on the RPI Campus.

Please RSVP Craig Dory (mailto: by Wednesday, October 31.


Structure-Function Relationships in Damage Tolerant Structural Glasses: Analysis of the Architectural Complexities of Sponge Skeletal Systems - James Weaver, Research Scientist at Harvard’s Wyss Institute

The sponges represent an ancient metazoan lineage with a fossil record that dates back more than half a billion years. Although they lack the physiological complexities of other animal taxa, sponges are well known for their ability to synthesize a wide range of intricately architectured skeletal elements (spicules), the formation of which in many instances far exceeds modern engineering capabilities. Because of their high precision fabrication, species specific nanoscale structural attributes, fracture-resistant mechanical properties, and rapid rates of biosynthesis, siliceous sponge spicules have attracted a great deal of attention in recent years as model systems for the analysis of biosilicate nanofabrication and for the design of damage tolerant structural glasses.

Additive Manufacturing 101 - Dan Walczyk - Professor, MANE and Associate Director of Manufacturing, CATS

Prof. Walczyk will provide a brief overview of additive manufacturing technology including types of materials used and structures that can be fabricated.

Polymer-Based Micro/Nano-Scale Additive Manufacturing at Rensselaer - Johnson Samuel - Assistant Professor, MANE and Sandipan Mishra - Assistant Professor, MANE

Profs. Samuel and Mishra will briefly present some of the research on polymer-based additive manufacturing at Rensselaer including near-field electrohydrodynamic jet-based printing (sub-micron scale), inkjet-based printing (micron-scale) and near-field electrospinning (micron-scale). They will highlight some of the key challenges in process control and material design for polymer-based additive manufacturing processes.

Brainstorming - Using Biomimicry for Advanced Manufacturing

Speakers and attendees will discuss how additive manufacturing research may be able to learn from nature and will discuss potential research projects and funding opportunities.