CDME welcomes new director of Additive Manufacturing

May 17, 2023

John Middendorf has been named director of the Ohio State University Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence Additive Manufacturing division (Courtesy CDME)
John Middendorf has been named director of the Ohio State University Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence Additive Manufacturing division (Courtesy CDME)

The Ohio State University Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME), Columbus, Ohio, has named John Middendorf, PhD, as director of its Additive Manufacturing division.

Middendorf has expertise in the development of AM machines and unique capabilities, such as multimaterial Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB), hybrid additive/subtractive PBF-LB, and advanced in situ sensing. He most recently served as Director of Open Additive, where he led the development of its PANDA PBF-LB platform.

“We could not be more excited to welcome John to lead our additive division,” said CDME Executive Director, Nate Ames. “We have built a top tier additive program in the last few years, and John’s experience designing and building some of the best systems on the market will expand our technical capabilities tremendously. Additionally, his experience running a business will position the additive division and the entirety of CDME for long term success.”

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Prior to Open Additive, Middendorf worked at Universal Technology Corporation, now known as ARCTOS, where he led the 3D Innovation Lab to aim to qualify metal AM processes and develop new advanced AM processes, such as graded alloy printing and hybrid manufacturing.

Middendorf received his bachelor’s and PhD from Wright State University. His doctoral research focused on development of technology and equipment for producing, handling and analysing terahertz radiation, which he translated to AM to identify key sensor technologies for in situ monitoring, aimed at quality assurance and closed-loop feedback control.

“Ohio State is one of the best universities in the world in terms of the people and technology available,” said Middendorf. “There are so many opportunities to do remarkable things and I am excited to be part of it. I think we can build one of the best additive manufacturing research facilities in the world at CDME.”

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