David L Bourell
Dr. David L. Bourell earned his Ph.D. in material science and engineering from Stanford University in 1979. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin that same year. He is affiliated with the Texas Materials Institute.
Dr. Bourell researches properties of plastic and metal powders and other materials, and their uses in fabrication processes. He studies deformation and powder processing, failure analysis and nanocrystalline materials. Bourell researches the kinetics of sintering and selective laser sintering, a fabrication technique that uses virtual designs on a computer and a laser to fabricate items, from human prosthetic devices to titanium missile tips, using metal or plastic powder. He is internationally recognized in the field of Solid Freeform Fabrication, a manufacturing technique that produces freeform solid objects directly from a computer model. Solid freeform fabrication reduces cost and design time because it can manufacture objects in one operation instead of multiple steps.