News

  • March 3, 2017
    Welcome, New Members!
    In a bright start to 2017, the Mechanosynthesis Group welcomed several new members. Seungju Seo, a graduate student from the University of Tokyo, joined us for a few weeks in February to advance an ongoing research collaboration with the University of Tokyo. Ben Awuondo, a graduate student in MIT's LGO program, joined us as well to work closely with our own Talha Hasan. We also welcomed Thomas Hofstaetter, a graduate student from the Technical University of Denmark, who will be with us for several months working on fiber-reinforced polymers for additive manufacturing.
  • March 3, 2017
    Prof. Hart Delivers 2-Day Course on AM at NSRDEC
    On February 28th and March 2nd, Prof. Hart was invited to the U.S. Army's Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) to deliver a 2-day course on additive manufacturing. The course was an adaptation of his longer, 5-day professional course, "Additive Manufacturing: From 3D Printing to the Factory Floor," delivered at MIT each summer. Participants of the NSRDEC course were taught on the fundamentals of AM processes, properties, and materials, with numerous example parts available to illustrate the principles discussed during the lecture. We hope that this brief course illustrated the possibilities available for the scientists and engineers at NSRDEC when leveraging the unique value of AM.
  • February 28, 2017
    Christoph Meier's PhD Thesis honored by GAMM Juniors Award
    Dr. Christoph Meier, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Mechanosynthesis Group, was honored by the "GAMM Juniors Award" for his thesis, “Geometrically Exact Finite Element Formulations for Slender Beams and Their Contact Interaction.” His thesis was submitted at the Institute of Computational Mechanics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) under supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang A. Wall. The International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM) selects 10 new GAMM Juniors each year, who are representative of the young scientific generation in the fields of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics. As GAMM Juniors, candidates can be suggested who have graduated with exceptional achievements in their final thesis and/or Ph.D. thesis in the field of Applied Mathematics or Mechanics.
  • December 20, 2016
    2.008 Final Exposition
    Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering students enrolled in MIT's course 2.008, Design and Manufacturing II, had the opportunity to showcase their work at an exposition held in MIT's iconic Lobby 7 earlier this month. The teams of students were tasked with using a variety of manufacturing techniques - from traditional CNC machining, thermoforming, and injection molding to additive manufacturing, notably for thermoform tooling. The event was well attended and received, and we can be sure to expect to hear much more about all of these bright students as they leverage these skills in the coming years.
  • September 1, 2016
    Welcome, New Members!
    The Mechanosynthesis Group welcomes several new members for the Fall 2016 semester. Mechanosynthesis UROP Alumni Jacob Rothman joined us as a new graduate student. Michael Arnold, a new graduate student, joined us in a continuation of the soil sensing work with the TATA Center for Technology and Design. Dan Oropeza joined us as graduate student on loan from Lockheed Martin. We also welcome Dr. Christoph Meier, a new Postdoctoral Fellow who joined us from the Technical University of Munich. Greg Dreifus joined us from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Last, but certainly not least, Johannes Weinberg, a product of the Air Force Academy, joins us to further our research into additive manufacturing of metals.
  • July 1, 2016
    Ron Rosenberg inducted to Society of Tata Fellows
    Ron Rosenberg, an M.S. student in the Mechanosynthesis Group, was recently inducted into the Society of Tata Fellows. The Society is a “a global community of engineers, entrepreneurs, and scholars who have completed Fellowships at the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design.” Congratulations, Ron!
  • June 28, 2016
    Nigamaa Nayakanti completes Master's Thesis
    Nigamaa Nayakanti, an M.S. student in the Mechanosynthesis Group, recently completed her Master’s thesis, entitled, “Flexigami: Folded Polygonal Unit Cells for Deployable Metamaterials and Mechanisms.” Congratulations, Nigamaa!
  • June 1, 2016
    Welcome, New Members!
    Summer of 2016 has been a great time for new talent in the Mechanosynthesis Group. Talha Hasan, a graduate student in MIT's IDM program, joined us in May. We also welcome Jonathan Gibbs, a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and new graduate student to the group. Lastly, we welcome Yu Zou, a Postdoctoral Fellow from ETH Zurich with expertise in materials characterization for additive manufacturing.
  • May 12, 2016
    Additive Manufacturing graduate course featured in the MIT News
    MIT News features Professor Hart’s 2.S998 course, Additive Manufacturing, developed with support from Jamison Go, a graduate student in the Mechanosynthesis Group. Read the full story, here.