3/29/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

America Makes and LIFT Join with Cincinnati State to Create AM Curriculum

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The open-source curriculum in lightweight additive manufacturing is designed for both incumbent workers and new students.

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LIFT–Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow and America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, have announced an initiative with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (CSTCC) to develop an open-source curriculum to provide both incumbent workers and new students with knowledge and hands-on training in advanced lightweight additive manufacturing.

“Additive manufacturing is growing at an exponential rate across the manufacturing industry, so fast that the education and training tools cannot keep pace,” said Elliot Ruther, chief development officer, CSTCC. “By developing this curriculum, we’ll put some of the most advanced lightweight additive manufacturing technology into the hands of more students.”

As part of this initiative, CSTCC and its new Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will develop curriculum in two tracks:

  1. Utilizing additive manufacturing equipment and techniques to produce precision objects across a wider field
  2. Leveraging the evolving array of digital tools to allow students to become additive manufacturing designers, molders and simulators—each of which previously required graduate-level engineering education.

The strong alignment between LIFT and America Makes in lightweighting and additive manufacturing provides the technical expertise of many industry members and academic partners of the two institutes to this initiative. Both institutes are working to accelerate technology adoption and increase domestic manufacturing competitiveness, with America Makes focusing on additive manufacturing and LIFT working with lightweight metals.

Other partners in the initiative include Southwest Ohio Aerospace Region (SOAR) and AeroHUB. The CSTCC Technical Advisory Committee includes: University of Cincinnati Research Institute, Procter & Gamble, Able Tool, Belcan, General Nano, Dayton Area Defense Contractors, EWI, Imaginistics, KineticVision, Mazak Corp., Rhinestahl Corp., Red Tiger Investments, Tangible Solutions and Wright State University.

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