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Matthew Frank

  • Associate Professor

Main Office

3023 Black Engr
Ames, IA 50011-2164
Phone: 515-294-0389
Fax: 515-294-3524




Education

B.S. The Pennsylvania State University, Mechanical Engineering, 1996
M.S. The Pennsylvania State University, Mechanical Engineering, 1998
Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University, Industrial Engineering, 2003

Curriculum Vitae

Interest Areas

Dr. Frank’s research focuses on creating new methods for rapid prototyping and more importantly, rapid manufacturing. The term rapid manufacturing implies that we wish to create functional parts, rather than just models. The primary goal of this work is to eliminate the pre-process engineering time and skill required to create a custom component. Therefore, the term rapid means fast and easy process planning, fixture planning and setup planning for making one, or a few functional parts. The goal of the Rapid Manufacturing and Prototyping Laboratory (RMPL) is to investigate rapid approaches for existing manufacturing methods and to explore new processes and equipment for development.  This work has been applied to the machining of industrial components, rapid pattern tooling for metal castings, and most recently, the rapid manufacturing of custom bone implants.  Dr. Frank also conducts research in the area of wind energy manufacturing, as part of the Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory (WEML).  The research is focused on developing better and more automated methods for the manufacturing of Mega-Watt class wind turbine systems.  He has received the ISU E-Week Outstanding Professor award for 2005, the 2006 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, and currently holds one US Patent.

For more information on Rapid Manufacturing see the lab web page: The Rapid Manufacturing and Prototyping Laboratory (RMPL)

Selected Publications

  1. Luo, X., Li, Y., and Frank, M.C., “A Finishing Cutter Selection Algorithm for Additive/Subtractive Rapid Pattern Manufacturing”, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Accepted
  2. Lei, S., Frank, M.C., Anderson, D.D., and Brown, T.D., “ A Method to Represent Heterogeneous Materials for Rapid Prototyping – The Matryoshka Approach”, Rapid Prototyping Journal, Accepted
  3. Li, Y and Frank, M.C., “Computing Axes of Rotation for Setup Planning Using Visibility of Polyhedral CAD Models”, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Transactions of the ASME, Vol. 134, p 041005(1 -9). eISSN: 1528-8935, 2012
  4. Anderson DD, Thomas TP, Frank M.C., Marsh JL, Brown TD. On the Horizon from the ORS: “Assessing and minimizing the adverse mechanical consequences of articular fractures to decrease the risk for posttraumatic osteoarthritis”. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2011;19(10):644-646
  5. Thomas, T.P., Anderson, D.D., Willis, A.R., Liu, P., Frank, M.C., Marsh, J.L., and Brown, T.D., “A Computational/Experimental Platform for Investigating Three-Dimensional Puzzle Solving of Comminuted Articular Fractures”,  Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 263-270, 2011
  6. Petrzelka, J.E., Frank, M.C., “Advanced Process Planning for Subtractive Rapid Prototyping”, Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 216-224, 2010
  7. Makhe, A. and Frank, M.C., “Polygon Subdivision for Pocket Machining Process Planning”, Computers and Industrial Engineering, Vol. 48, No. 4, pp. 709-716, 2010
  8. Yang, Z., Wysk, R.A., Joshi, S.B., Frank, M.C., Petrzelka, J.E., “Conventional Machining Methods for Rapid Prototyping and Direct Manufacturing”, International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 41-64, 2009
  9. Luo, X. and Frank, M.C., “A Layer Thickness Algorithm for Additive/Subtractive Rapid Manufacturing”, Rapid Prototyping Journal Vol.16, No. 2, pp. 100-115, 2009
  10. Boonsuk, W. and Frank, M.C., “Automated fixturing for a rapid machining system”, Rapid Prototyping Journal Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 111-125, 2009
  11. Frank, M.C., Hunt, C.V., Anderson, D.D., McKinley, T.O., and Brown, T.D., Extended Abstract: “Maintenance of surface porosity when using subtractive rapid prototyping for bone replacement”, 55th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, Las Vegas, NV, February 22-25, 2009.

IMSE Courses Taught

  • IE 101 The Industrial Engineering Profession
  • IE 248 Engineering System Design, Manufacturing Processes and Specifications
  • IE 449/549 CAD/CAM for Manufacturing
  • IE 545 Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing