University of Louisville AM Center to Open in October

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Opening in October 2015, the UL AMCC will provide training to additive manufacturing technical and business professionals.


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The University of Louisville (Kentucky) and global safety science organization UL LLC (Northbrook, Illinois) are partnering to launch a training facility known as the UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center (UL AMCC). Ed Tackett, previously director of the RapidTech Center at the Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, has been named the center’s director of educational programs.

Set to open in October of this year, the center is adjacent to the university campus and will offer hands-on training in additive manufacturing for metals. The course curriculum will be updated every six to 12 months to reflect changes in additive manufacturing technologies. The UL AMCC will join the University of Louisville, global advanced manufacturing campus, the Institute for Product Realization (IPR), and will collaborate with corporate residents including GE and Local Motors’ FirstBuild.

Though the center was developed for established additive manufacturing technical and business professionals, the organization plans to develop a formal workforce certification program in 2016 to help designers, engineers and operators expand from traditional into additive manufacturing techniques.



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