3DFoundri, Inc. is an East Lansing, Michigan, start-up dedicated to developing advanced metal manufacturing technologies that will enable cost reductions and increase part complexities. The initial product is a Magnetic-Field Assist Finishing (MAF) slurry that, when combined with a CNC Platform, allows mold manufacturers to reduce their manufacturing costs by at least 20% per mold by eliminating labor in polishing for Class A cosmetic parts. It will also reduce mold manufacturing time by 30%, reducing the lead time for their customers.
The company was founded in February 2020 by Ken Foster, Ph.D., and Professor Patrick Kwon and Professor Haseung Chung of Michigan State University’s Mechanical Engineering Department.
Ken Foster, Co-Founder and CEO
Ken has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering and more than 30 years of product development experience commercializing complex disruptive technologies into numerous markets, including automotive, electronics, industrial, and aerospace. He has expertise in all aspects of the specialty chemical industry, including leadership, R&D, manufacturing, sourcing, intellectual property and innovative technology development at Dow Chemical, GE Plastics joint ventures, Momentive Performance Materials (MPM former GE silicones business).
Dr. Patrick Kwon, Co-Founder
Dr. Kwon is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University (1996-Present). He has carried out the leading-edge research to advance the current knowledge of machining and powder metallurgy. In his 24-year academic career, he has published nearly 200 publications and received 4 granted and pending patents in the areas of machining, powder metallurgy and additive manufacturing.
Dr. Haseung Chung, Co-Founder
Dr. Chung is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering (2017-present). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan with his dissertation on processing and properties of functionally graded polymer composites produced by selective laser sintering. Dr. Chung has extensive experience in advanced manufacturing, including additive manufacturing (AM), surface finishing process, fabricating multi-material structures, including functionally graded materials. He also has expertise in statistical quality design and control in manufacturing process.
Winston Wei, Project Engineer
Winston graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Eastern Michigan University. Before working at 3DFoundri, he worked in the automotive industry for three summers as a Materials and Research Engineering and a Materials and Benchmarking Engineering Intern. Outside of school and work, he has a devoted interest in robotics. He participated in FIRST Robotics in high school for three years and he has mentored his alma mater for the past three years. Winston has always been an advocate for community service, he cleaned up local parks and volunteered at STEM events, accumulating around 500 hours a year. This past summer, he spent well over 400 hours on 3D printing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for local hospitals and businesses to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.