Joseph Kubalak

Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering

Joseph received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2014. He joined the DREAMS lab his senior year as a member of the DreamVendor 2.0 capstone design team, which was tasked with designing and building a 3D printing vending machine. Joseph worked on the ejection mechanism and case design.

As a graduate student member of the DREAMS lab, Joseph looks to improve the mechanical properties of parts fabricated via material extrusion. By incorporating additional degrees of freedom into the motion control system, he hopes to enable highly tailored toolpaths through novel deposition strategies.

Joseph has been funded by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and worked as a graduate assistant in the CREATE studio.

Kubalak, J. R., Mansfield, C. D., Pesek, T. H., Snow, Z. K., Cottiss, E. B., Ebeling-koning, O. D., … Wicks, A. L. (2016). Design and Realization of a 6 Degree of Freedom Robotic Extrusion Platform. Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, 1314–1332.

Kubalak, J. R., Wicks, A. L., & Williams, C. B. (2017). Using multi-axis material extrusion to improve mechanical properties through surface reinforcement. Virtual and Physical Prototyping, 1–7.

Kubalak, J. R., Wicks, A. L., Williams, C. B. (2017). Using Multi-Axis Material Extrusion Additive Manufacturing to Improve Part Mechanical Properties through Printed Surface Reinforcement. Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium.