Welcome to MADE @ UArizona!

The Manufacturing and Design Exploration (MADE) Lab is a research group in the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering at the University of Arizona led by Dr. Hannah Budinoff. Please read below to learn about the types of research and projects we work on in our lab.

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Design for Manufacturing and Sustainability

We study design constraints inherent to different manufacturing processes.

We use computational geometry approaches, manufacturing process simulation, and machine learning methods to bring manufacturing information into early design process stages, predicting cost and environmental impact.

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Engineering Design Process

We study how the design process can efficiently operate at the human-technology frontier, drawing on methods from human factors engineering.

We seek to understand how design tools and design methods can promote more efficient design decision making.

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Engineering Education

Engineering design practices are typically first learned in undergraduate courses.

We study how to promote skill and identity development for engineering students, with a focus on inclusivity, especially in the context of teamwork, makerspaces, and prototyping.

3D scanner and turbine fabricated using LPBF

Additive Manufacturing

We study how to leverage design freedoms inherent to additive manufacturing, and minimizing quality problems and defects.

Processes of focus are laser powder bed fusion, directed energy deposition, and fused filament fabrication.

The lab is physically located in 1st floor of the Engineering Building on University of Arizona's main campus.