Endless Frontiers - When Materials and Manufacturing Come Together

Qing Hao 1, Email

Na Lu 2, Email



1Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA.

2 Lyles School of Civil Engineering, School of Materials Engineering, Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA.


As one of the oldest research topics, manufacturing can be dated back to the beginning of the industry practice and still remains as a vibrant research field nowadays. With continuous improvements over the years, manufacturing has recently attracted enormous public attention with advanced techniques like laser sintering,1 three- dimensional printing,2 electromagnetic wave processing,3 and electromagnetic interference shielding.4 New ideas can also be bioinspired, such as artificial spider silks and lithium batteries grown by virus.5