Research at the MMRI

The MMRI is currently committed to ongoing research in the following areas. For more information on specific projects, visit the links provided to the different research projects.


Machining Systems

  • Intelligent machining systems
  • Modeling and computer simulation of machining processes
  • Machinablility of materials (including high speed machining, and technologies for machining difficult-to-cut materials)
  • Machine tool design, monitoring and controls
  • Grinding and Non-conventional-cutting processes (e.g. EDM)

Research Engineer Dwayne Barnett-Ritcey prepares one of the machining lab's state-of-the-art CNC machines for a prototype run.


Lab manager Elizabeth Takacs demonstrates the rotomolding process.

Polymer Processing

  • Injection molding
  • Precision extrusion
  • Rotomolding
  • Material characterization
  • Compounding and blending
  • Advanced part design
  • Coating

Robotics and Automation

  • Fixtureless assembly
  • Robotic deburring and grinding
  • Vision based registration
  • Fixturing

Dr. Gary Bone and PhD student Lucian Balan with their machine vision inspection system.


Dr. Mukesh Jain holds an aluminum S-Rail which has undergone bending and twisting in the lab's 1500 ton press.

Metal Forming

  • Sheet metal forming
  • Hydro forming
  • Process Modeling
  • Material evaluation

Thermal Processing

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Experimental and computational modeling of thermal processing of materials
  • Algorithms for moving boundary problems in flow systems
  • Convection heat transfer in rotating and inclined enclosures
  • Boiling heat transfer
  • Modeling with Neural Networks in thermo-fluid systems


Micro Manufacturing Laboratory

  • Modelling of micro cutting
  • Surface engineering
  • Simulation and optimization
  • Micro-Machine Accuracy
  • Micro-Machine tool design
  • Micro metrology


  • Geometric modeling
  • 5 axes tool path planning
  • Advanced CMM systems
  • Tool simulation