Mechanical Innovations


Researchers at NDSU have developed a novel modification of the SLA 3D printer to induce fiber alignment in 3D printed products. A special apparatus was constructed and added to the SLA printer to maintain uniform fiber dispersion in each printed part. The modified configuration hosts a dual curing system that assists in uniform fiber dispersion and orientation. 

This manufacturing system overcomes the several drawbacks in the current 3D manufacturing processes and provides a 3D solid appearing structure with desired characteristics. The process is simpler and faster; the resulting scaffolds undergo periodic and/or non-periodic shape conforming during manufacturing itself, omitting the need for any additional shape conforming steps.

Scientists at NDSU have developed a novel technique and device to quantify and detect low abundance biomolecules in patient samples. This technique is useful in point-of-care, cancer screening settings. The apparatus itself is compact and compatible with available imaging technologies. 
Scientists at NDSU have developed a small device for improved CAR T cell production, which speeds the turnaround time by enabling CAR T cell production 'on-site' at a hospital or cancer clinic. This simple, microfluidic device is easy to make and use, with an automated transfection process that takes about one hour. 
Researchers at NDSU have developed a general method to control the stiffness of the material, enabling a switchable adhesive system for low and high adhesive states. 

Scientists working at NDSU are developing biodegradable sensors capable of directly monitoring and reporting the soil environment in which they are placed.

Scientists at NDSU have discovered a method for the contactless laser-assisted assembly of discrete components such as ultra-thin, ultra-small semiconductor dies and MEMS components onto rigid and flexible substrates.