Obielodan is a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at UW–Platteville. Obielodan’s research interests are in the area of novel materials development using additive manufacturing processes. His expertise includes metal and metal matrix composites processing using laser-based and ultrasonic-based additive processes.
Obielodan’s project will investigate the use of casein for engineering products manufacturing using a 3D printing process called selective laser sintering. Previous investigations demonstrates that casein can be used as a significant component of polymer composites for 3D printing and other traditional polymer processing methods, which could enable a new stream of revenue for dairy farmers in Wisconsin and stimulate the economies of rural communities.