Position Type:

  • Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award- summer research

Position Title:  Research Assistant/summer researcher

Location:  IDEA LAB (BRG 413)

Professor: Alex Czekanski

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Contact for Professor (Email, phone): Alex.czekanski@lassonde.yorku.ca, 416.736.2100 x 77077

# of positions available: 1

Project Description:

Low-Cost alternative to Metallic Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is a rapidly evolving technology, due to the flexibility it provides in manufacturing complex components. This technology has seen great leaps in the production of polymer based components due to relatively low melting temperatures, and the cost of polymers. However, there is still lack of a low cost alternative for metallic additive manufacturing, due in part to the high melting temperature and material cost.

Therefore, there exist a need for low cost alternative for rapid prototyping of metallic components. There are currently several methods for metallic additive manufacturing ranging from power bed; power feed; and wire bed systems. The mechanical properties of the products fabricated from these technique is reliant on the material selection; printing parameters and finishing process.

The research objective is to develop a low cost alternative for metallic additive manufacturing; develop optimal printing parameters and finishing processes for a range of mechanical behaviours. The fabricated components must undergo thorough mechanical testing and numerical validation to verify manufacturing process.

Duties and Responsibilities of the student:

1.        Student is to run a literature review on various types of metallic additive manufacturing techniques.

2.        Design and create custom additive manufacturing equipment

3.        Create testing and finishing process for manufactured components

4.        Conduct mechanical test on fabricated components

5.        Perform Finite element analysis to validate experimental results

6.        Summarize findings in a report

Skills and Qualifications:

(Technical Skills)

1.        Office Skills (Word, Excel)

2.        Matlab

3.        Machine shop and prototyping skills are an asset

(Interpersonal Skills)

1.        Ability to work in team environment

2.        Ability to work with minimum supervision


1.        Simulation Tools for Design & Analysis (MECH 4402)-optional

Degrees, courses and Disciplines prerequisite*:

1.        Mechanics of materials (MECH 2301)

2.        Machine elements design (MECH 2409)

3.        Macro-and-Micro Manufacturing Methods (MECH 3503)

4.        Solid Mechanics and Materials Laboratory (MECH 3502)

Stipend: TBD

Willing to host external students? No

Duration:  16 weeks minimum

Start Date:  05/01/2018 (estimated)

End Date:  08/31/2018 (estimated)


If you are interested in this research project, please contact Dr. Alex Czekanski at Alex.czekanski@lassonde.yorku.ca.