Honeywell expands Arizona’s AM initiative

Professor Andrew Wessman and sophomore Daniel McConville, both of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

A USD400K piece of equipment provided by Honeywell expands the University of Arizona’s additive manufacturing initiative with its ability to print metal components for aerospace and medical needs.

The machine, which the Honeywell team nicknamed “Kenobi” after the legendary Jedi master, constructs parts by laser melting metal powders such as stainless steel, nickel alloys, and titanium.

The machine also opens up new educational opportunities. Wessman will be teaching a metal additive manufacturing course, open to students across campus, beginning in fall 2020.

A 2019 report by Reports and Data projects that the additive manufacturing market will reach USD23.33 bn in value in 2026, making experience in the field a valuable commodity.

A group of students working on a 2020 Honeywell-sponsored senior capstone project will be among the first to use the machine. They are creating a custom build plate with temperature control capabilities to investigate how the temperature of the surface on which parts are built affects construction.