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Northern California March Chapter Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Where: Michael's at Shoreline
2960 Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, California 
United States
Contact: Jack Jew

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March Chapter Meeting

Additive Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability

Speaker: Dr. Ozgur Keles

San Jose State University


Wednesday, the 14th of March  we will be meeting at Michael’s at Shoreline  2960 Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View


5:30 pm Social/Networking…6:15 pm Dinner…7:30 pm Speaker

Buffet Dinner Cost: ASM Members $30……Students $10……Guests $35…..Talk only - Free

Reservations: Contact Al Kwong at (408) 248-1916 or or Jack Jew at



Fused deposition modeling (FDM) is the most common additive manufacturing technique for the production of cost effective polymers and composites. In fact, half million FDM systems were sold between 2013 and 2015. FDM is used in industries, such as biomedical, aerospace, automotive, defense, agriculture, and consumer product. In addition, the number of open-source free designs, which can be downloaded and 3D printed, are increasing exponentially. However, the FDMed materials contain inherent pores between the deposited beads and inside the beads. In addition, pores can be intentionally included in an FDMed design to add functionality, such as heat or mass transport. These pores reduce mechanical properties and introduce variations in mechanical properties, i.e., lower mechanical reliability. We recently reported that the mechanical reliability of FDMed polymers can be as low as technical ceramics [1]. High reliability is a must for FDMed materials to compete and/or replace conventional mass production. In this talk, I will discuss the origins of the mechanical reliability in FDMed polymers and composites. Biomimetic meso-structure and vibration-assisted FDM approaches will be described to improve reliability in FDMed materials. Our recent work showed that intentional vibrations [2] or biomimetically engineered deposition path can be used to double Weibull modulus–a key parameter in Weibull statistics describing the scatter in fracture strength.



Dr. Ozgur Keles

College of Engineering, San Jose State University

Ozgur Keles is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical, Chemical, and Materials Engineering at San Jose State University. Dr. Keles received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Purdue University in 2013. Following, he joined Illinois Institute of Technology as a research associate and lecturer, where he investigated the reliability of porous glasses and porous pharmaceutical compacts. His work on the deviations from Weibull statistics in porous ceramics was highlighted at the Gordon Research Conferences and awarded by the American Ceramic Society. He is also a photographer and digital artist who uses aesthetically appealing images and computational visualizations to improve student engagement, to aid student learning, and to foster creativity in engineering students. His work at the intersection of engineering, education, and arts was also highlighted in the The Member Journal of TMS. His current research interests are stochastic fracture of additively manufactured materials and ceramics, mechanical behavior of graphene quantum dot reinforced hierarchical composites, processing of graphene quantum dot infused zirconia-based composites, and virtual reality applications in engineering education.


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