Manufacturing innovative printing techniques with Yusuf Abdi

Posted: November 6, 2020

Meet Yusuf Abdi, fourth-year welding engineering major and undergraduate research assistant at Ohio State's Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME). Since childhood, Abdi has been intrigued by engineering feats such as the space rocket, the plane, and the car. He has since integrated his passion for engineering into his work at CDME where he has been involved with projects revolving around directed energy deposition printing and aluminum printing.

Recently, Abdi has had the opportunity to play an integral role in CDME's America Makes project, which has taken the form of an additive manufacturing study in the evolution of defects in metals during laser powder bed fusion. Abdi’s contributions to the project have included leading metallographic data collection, examining the effects of multi-laser stitching, and performing high cycle axial fatigue and quasi-static tensile testing of metal alloys.

America Makes is the national accelerator for additive manufacturing and 3D printing. The organization is the nation's leading and collaborative partner in additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. To learn more about America Makes and the resources available, visit


Through all of his experiences at CDME and by working behind great minds and supervisors, Jacob Rindler and Ed Herderick, Yusuf has gained firsthand experience that has played a direct role in developing and refining his problem-solving skills and resourcefulness. Abdi also notes that CDME has given him an optimistic approach to innovative engineering efforts.

Over the summer of 2020, Yusuf interned with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems where he was able to further utilize the skills and knowledge he gained by working at CDME.

by Grant Jones, CDME undergraduate marketing assistant