Interdisplinary Centre for Additive Manufacturing (ICAM)




The Additive Manufacturing Research Institute was established with the strong support from Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality at the end of 2017 and officially formed in July 2019. We have strong collaboration with two leading domestic civil aviation companies, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd and AECC Commercial Aircraft Engine Co., Ltd, and together established the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center, Shanghai Aviation Innovation Center.

The Additive Manufacturing Research Institute has the facilities and capabilities for a full additive manufacturing process, starting from powder manufacturing and ending with non-destructive detection. The facilities we have include powder gas atomizing powder system, laser/electron beam powder bed 3D printers, PEEK 3D printer, powder and wire based direct energy deposition systems, surface treatment systems, vacuum heat treatment furnaces, hot isostatic pressing system, three-dimensional scanners, industrial CTs, tensile and fatigue machines and metallographical examination systems.

The Additive Manufacturing Research Institute focuses on both the scientific research and key technology development for additive manufacturing in the aerospace, energy, and biomedical fields. The research fields include material developments for additive manufacturing, additive manufacturing process modification, post-processing and functionalization, and integration of quality assurance system. The Institute has established in-depth cooperation with well-known enterprises such as COMAC, AECC, CGN and Microports, and has made great contributions to the domestic large aircraft, aero engine, nuclear power, medical and other industries.


Team leader



  • A/Professor YANG Yi, Specialized in Ti alloys

  • A/Prof CHEN Zezhong, Subdean of Mechanical and Electrical Materials and Forming, Assistant Dean of School of Materials Science and Engineering, Specialized in advanced materials forming and manufacturing and precise control

  • A/Prof HOU Juan, Specialized in steels and Ni alloys, and corrosion behavior

  • A/Prof WU Songquan, Specialized in surface coating and medical devices

  • A/Prof ZHANG Kai, Specialized in mechanical performance characterization

  • Dr. YUE Xuezheng, Specialized in design optimization

  • Dr. JIANG Hong, Specialized in metal precision forming and multi-scale simulation

  • Dr. SUN Ming, Specialized in light alloys

  • Mr. CAO Zhiqiang, Specialized in equipment


    Research Fields

    1. Industrial Oriented Research and Development

  • Selective Laser Melting of Metals and Alloys, including Titanium Alloys, Aluminium Alloys, Nickel Alloys and Steels;

  • Direct Energy Deposition of Metals and Alloys;

  • Novel Structure Design

  • Novel Metal Powder Manufacturing;

  • Post Treatment Optimisation, including Heat Treatment and Surface Treatment, of Additive Manufactured Metals and Alloys;

  • Additive Manufacturing in Biomedical Applications;

  • Non-destructive Detection Methods;

  • Airworthiness Certification


    2. Fundamental Research

  • Novel material design, from chemical composition tuning to processing optimization, to obtain materials with higher performance;

  • Characterization of processing-microstructure-mechanical performance mechanisms;

  • Novel Structure Design (like lattice design) to obtain higher performance;

  • Damage Tolerance Research

    Important research and development projects

  • Development of 3D printing technology for typical connectors of XXX aircraft wing body fairing, COMAC Shanghai Aircraft Design and Research Institute, 2019-2021

  • Establishment of XXX aircraft laser cladded aluminum alloy specifications, COMAC Shanghai Aircraft Design and Research Institute, 2019-2021

  • Research and validation of additive manufacturing technology of fuel nozzle for commercial aero engines/"Optimization of fuel nozzle additive manufacturing process" ((In Participation with AECC CAE), Defense Science and Technology Bureau, 2019-2021

  • 3D printed core filter technology and validation, China General Nuclear Group, 2020

  • Forming and inspection of PBF printed core filter, China General Nuclear Group, 2020

  • Development of a bioactive coating for TMJ prosthesis, Medical-Engineering Program of University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, 2020-2022

  • Research on design optimization and life prediction of additive manufactured flame combustion tubes in reflux combustion chamber (In Participation with Zhejiang University), Aero Engine Corporation of China, 2020-2023

  • Research on defect in additive manufacturing metals and its relationship with mechanical properties, Shanghai Sailing Program, Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, 2020-2023

  • Research on new buffer structure design and mechanical performance of landing detector, Shanghai Sailing Program, Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, 2019-2022

  • Study on complex structure and thermodynamics of porous titanium, National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2020

  • Optimization of dies and molds used in automotive manufacturing, Shanghai VW Automotive Company Ltd. Foundation, 2016-2018

  • Analysis of stamping dies and injection molds used in automotive manufacturing, Shanghai VW Automotive Company Ltd. Foundation, 2012-2015

  • Intelligent optimization of aluminum profiles extrusion based on ANN and GA, Jiangxi Provincial Natural Science Foundation, 2007-2009

  • Research and development of simulation and optimization of shadow machine heat dissipation, Enterprise Horizontal Project, 2015-2018

  • Simulation of microstructure evolution in hot extrusion process of nickel base alloy tube for energy use, Shanghai Natural Science Foundation, 2013-2016

  • Research on the precipitation control and modification behaviors and the related mechanism of Mg-Al alloy under the static electric field aiding ageing, National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2018-2020

  • Basic research on grain refinement of Mg-Al alloys, Young Teacher Training Program by Shanghai Education Committee, 2017-2019


    Important papers and publications

  • Fine equiaxed β grains and superior tensile property in Ti-6Al-4V alloy deposited by coaxial electron beam wire feeding additive manufacturing [J]. Acta Metallurgica Sinica (English Letters), 2020,

  • On the role of cooling rate and temperature in forming twinned alpha’ martensite in Ti-6Al-4V [J]. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2020, 813(1): 152247, WOS: 000490133900051.

  • Hot deformation behavior of a new Al-Mn-Sc alloy [J]. Materials, 2020, 13(1): 13010022, WOS: 000515499300022.

  • Static coarsening behaviour of lamellar microstructure in selective laser melted Ti-6Al-4V [J]. Journal of Materials Science & Technology, 2019, 35(8): 1578-1586, WOS: 000470677300008.

  • Microstructure, tensile properties and mechanical anistropy of selective laser melted 304L stainless steel [J], Journal of Materials Science and Technology, 2020, 48: 63-71.

  • Effects of He ion irradiation on the corrosion performance of alloy GH3535 welded joint in molten FLiNaK [J], Corrosion Science, 2019, 146: 172-178.

  • Effect of Surface Decarburization on Corrosion Behavior of GH3535 Alloy in Molten Fluoride Salts [J], Acta Metallurgica Sinica, 2019, 32: 401-412.

  • Effect of post heat treatment on the mechanical properties of porous Ti-6Al-4V alloys manufactured through powder bed fusion process [J], Material transaction, 2019, 60: 1.

  • Research progress on semiconductor nanowires for high efficiency solar energy conversion [J]. J. Infrared Millim. Waves, 2019, 38(4): 508-519, 527

  • Creation and Practice on Simulation of Materials Forming [M]. China Machines Press, 2017

  • Effect of Cooling Rate on the Grain Refinement of Mg-Y-Zr Alloys [J]. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 2020, 51: 482-496, WOS: 000491777600004.

  • The role of bimodal-grained structure in strengthening tensile strength and decreasing yield asymmetry of Mg-Gd-Zn-Zr alloys [J]. Materials Science and Engineering A2019, 740-741: 262-273, WOS: 000453494500028.

  • Enhancement of titanium alloy corrosion resistance via anodic oxidation treatment[J]. International Journal of Electrochemical Science: 2018, 13: 3888–3896, WOS: 000430452300056

  • Finite element simulation of effect process parameters on expanding heat forming of Inconel 690 alloy tubes [J]. Journal of Plasticity Engineering, 2017, 24(5): 59-67


    Important patents and proprietary rights

  • A metal base material coated with carbide and its preparation method, China Patent, 201610052852.4, 2016

  • An implant for maxillofacial bone defect repair, China Patent, ZL201920935891.8, 2020.

  • A manufacturing method of TiNb alloys for Medical application, China Patent, ZL201711354413.X, 2020.

  • Low-modulus medical implantation porous support structure, European Patent, EP3181097, 2019.

  • Heat-resistant titanium alloy, Japan Patent, P5747410, 2015.

  • Preparation method of Mg-Nd master alloy from NdFeB magnet scrap, China Patent, CN103667751B, 2016

  • Preparation method of as-cast Mg-Gd-Zn-(Zr) alloy containing LPSO phase, China Patent, CN104372225B, 2017.

  • High strength cast magnesium alloy and its preparation method, China Patent, CN102534330B, 2013.

  • Micro double acting hydraulic press and forming method, China Patent, ZL 201510679047.X, 2015

  • Two step plastic deformation processing of pure titanium, China Patent, ZL 200910053743.4, 2009

  • Automotive lamp side pattern mold CAD/CAM software: AutoLamp V1.0, China National Software Copyright No. 2004SR05173, 2004


    Honors and awards

  • Research on forming theory, numerical simulation and optimization method on extrusion of aluminum profiles, Jiangxi Provincial Natural Scientific Award, 2006 (A/Prof CHEN Zezhong)

  • Second prize of Excellent Course Teaching Award in 2014-2015 academic year, USST, 2015 (Dr. JIANG Hong)

  • Second prize of Excellent Course Teaching Award in 2015-2016 academic year, USST, 2016 (Dr. JIANG Hong)

  • First prize of Excellent Course Teaching Award in 2016-2017 academic year, USST, 2017 (Dr. JIANG Hong)

    Activities in professional associations

  • 2012-: Executive member of the Council of Shanghai Municipal Die & Mold Industry Association (A/Prof CHEN Zezhong)

  • 2019-: Vice President of the Council of Shanghai Municipal Die & Mold Industry Association (A/Prof CHEN Zezhong)

  • 2019-: Member of aerospace society (Dr. YUE Xuezheng)


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