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 use a selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printing machine to explore 3D printing materials for engineering structures using dairy proteins such as casein and whey. This could be a potential additional stream of revenue for dairy farmers in Wisconsin, especially in the events of milk oversupply or contamination that may warrant dumping.