About the Lab

Our research focuses on studying how material-forming processes existing in nature can be utilized to enable next-generation additive manufacturing (AM) technologies. Current research topics include:

  • Next-generation AM technology development. We learn from nature to develop next-generation AM technologies, which feature multi-material, multi-scale, ultra-fast speed, energy-efficient, etc.
  • AM Process modeling, quality control and optimization. We use experimental and theoretical techniques to advance the understanding of fundamental physics behind nature-inspired AM processes and achieve performance-driven process control.
  • Novel applications of new AM technologies. We utilize the unique capabilities of our AM technologies to create game-changing devices for various applications, such as tissue engineering, sensing, energy harvest, robots, etc.


Our lab always has openings for PhD students. We encourage interested individuals to contact Dr. Song with their CV. Applicants will be contacted for further discussion if there is a potential match. 




April 2023: Xuan received the 2023 CoE Early Career Faculty Excellence Award.

Feb 2023: Xuan received the NSF CAREER award.

April 2022: Xuan received the 2022 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer award.

April 2022: Bill and Prabhav won the 2022 Research Open House Best Poster Award

November 2021: Our paper "Cephalopod-Inspired Stretchable Self-Morphing Skin Via Embedded Printing and Twisted Spiral Artificial Muscles" was featured on the inside back cover of Advanced Functional Materials. Congratulations to Fan, Parth, and Li.

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Fei, F., Kotak, P., He, L., Li, X., Vanderhoef, C., Lamuta, C., & Song, X. (2021). Cephalopod-inspired stretchable self-morphing skin via embedded printing and twisted spiral artificial muscles. Advanced Functional Materialshttps://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202105528

Remy, M.T., Akkouch, A., He, L., Eliason, S., Sweat, M.E., Krongbaramee, T., Fei, F., Qian, F., Ament, B.A., Song, X., & Hong, L. (2021). Rat calvarial bone regeneration by 3D-printed β-tricalcium phosphate incorporating MicroRNA-200cACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering 7(9), 4521-4534.

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