Many researchers refer to rapid prototyping by the name solid freeform fabrication and functional freeform fabrication. There are a number of projects underway in tissue engineering, bioceramics, advanced ceramic aerospace materials, direct manufacturing technologies and nanotechnol-ogy. This is a very quickly evolving field. Websites such as the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) SFF site and the University of Texas, Austin SFF Laboratory are good places to look for links and breaking news. Here are a few of the universities and organizations working in this area:
The Annual SFF Conference. The 16th annual meeting was held in 2005 in Austin Texas, and hosted the leading researchers in this field. Cornell University Functional Freeform Fabrication http://www.
mae.cornell.edu/ccsl/research/sff/ and The Golem Project (Genetically Organized Lifelike Electro Mechanics) http://www.mae.cornell.edu/ccsl/research/golem/index.html and http://helen.cs-i.brandeis.edu/golem/fabrication.html The Bone Tissue and Engineering Center of the University of Pittsburgh (BTEC) http://www.btec.cmu.edu/research/engineering/sff/sff.htm and www.btec.cmu.edu The Laboratory for Freeform Fabrication, University of Texas, Austin
https://utwired.engr.utexas.edu/lff/about/index.cfm The Laboratory for Freeform Fabrication and Advanced Ceramics, Rutgers University http://www.caip.rutgers.edu/sff/ University of Connecticut SFF Program http://www.ims.uconn.edu/ ~hmarcus/
Stanford University University of Dayton MIT
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