Nora Touré: Dr. Ganti, could you let us know about your journey to Additive Manufacturing?
Dr. Satya Ganti: My journey to additive manufacturing (AM) began in 2007 during my masters where my thesis was focused on thin film technology (layer thickness in nanometers). It is in 2015 while working as a research scientist at UES, inc that my focus completely shifted to additive manufacturing.
My main responsibilities included developing framework for qualification of AM components, characterization and testing of AM feedstock and components.
It continues to be very challenging and rewarding journey, however if properly planned and know-hows, it is possible for successful implementation of this technology for intended application.
Nora Touré: Can you share more about your research interest at UES?
Dr. Satya Ganti: As a materials scientist, performed material characterization to understand the Microstructure-Property-Process relationship in a variety of materials systems ranging from metals and alloys, ceramics, composites, additively manufactured components, and powders by serial sectioning process using RoboMet.3D® based on optical microscopy
Nora Touré: To date, what would you say is your greatest achievement in Additive Manufacturing?
Dr. Satya Ganti: My greatest achievement is qualification of additively manufactured components for functional use replacing conventional counterparts
Nora Touré: Have you run into any challenges from being a woman 3D Printing?
Dr. Satya Ganti: AM being a developing technology requires diverse workforce to accelerate this industry. It is too early to comment; however, I have not faced any challenges being a woman in this industry.
I have found education as a powerful tool to overcome gender bias by investing in the development of a solid skillset.
Nora Touré: What makes the 3D printing industry particularly interesting for you?
Dr. Satya Ganti: 3D printing has the potential to transform entire manufacturing sector by 2030.
There are several interesting facts about this technology ranging from materials, powder metallurgy, design flexibility, part reduction, inventory control just to name a few. The real challenging and interesting fact about this technology is how the materials look when printed on a microscopic level known as microstructure.
This microstructure is obtained by rapid heating and cooling of the material that determines the material properties.
Optimization of this microstructure to obtain the right material properties consistently and reliably is required for wide adoption of this technology.
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