Matthew Frank

Matthew Frank

Associate Professor

Research Interests

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)

Recent Journal Publications

  1. Zhu, S., Magnussen, C.J., Judd, E, Frank M.C., and Peters, F.E., “Automated Composite Fabric Layup for Wind Turbine Blades”, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, accepted (MANU-16-1342).
  2. Abdel-All, E., Frank M.C., and I. Rivero, “”Rapid Tooling Using Friction Stir Welding and
    Machining”, Rapid Prototyping Journal, accepted (RPJ-08-2015-0107.R1)
  3. 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, Vol. 20, Issue 5, 2014
  4. 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, Vol 69, pp. 2041-2053, 2013
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Petrzelka, J.E., Frank, M.C., “Advanced Process Planning for Subtractive Rapid Prototyping”, Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 216-224, 2010
  9. 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
  10. 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

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

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Office: 3023 Black Engineering
Phone: 515-294-0389
Fax: 515-294-3524


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