Materials & Manufacturing


Post-processing – the labor intensive, detailed work that must occur after an additively manufactured part is printed before it is ready for use – currently accounts for 46 percent of the cost of metal 3D printing. Overall, metal additive manufacturing is projected to be a $25 billion a year industry by 2025.
The honor, which recognizes the Mines doctoral graduate whose thesis demonstrates the greatest potential for societal impact, was presented during Spring 2020 Graduate Commencement on May 8.
"Why does this matter? If you are looking for the hardest material on Earth, and you don’t consider metastable states, you just missed diamond, which is the hardest material that we know."
Two Mines freshmen are among the makers firing up 3D printers across the state as part of Make4Covid, a coalition of Colorado manufacturers and makers working to provide health care professionals with the equipment they need.
Why did you choose to come to Mines? What have you enjoyed most about being here? I chose Mines because of all the exciting research in renewable energy materials and connection to the National
Stephen Liu, who was awarded emeritus status in 2019, was recognized for his "outstanding achievements in fundamental research in welding science and technology."
Mines has now won the competition, held every year since 2007, eight times — only one other school has won it more than once.
Why did you choose to come to Mines? What have you enjoyed most about being here? Mines was referred to me as one of the best schools for extractive metallurgy, and that was indeed the truth. Being a
Colorado School of Mines researchers are tackling the question of how to meet demand for critical materials from many angles, from policy to production.