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Lockheed Martin awards $1 million to Denver university for additive manufacturing lab
August 03, 2017
Source: ASM International
Lockheed Martin, Denver, announces that it will award a $1 million grant to the Metropolitan State University of Denver to establish an on-campus Lockheed Martin Additive Manufacturing Laboratory, where students will have access to a state-of-the-art AM system on which to design and create aerospace components. The grant also establishes an endowed director of the Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute.
The grant aims to support the work undertaken there and prepare the workforce of the future for the manufacture of affordable, capable, and innovative spacecraft, the company stated.
"This grant is an investment in the futures of the students at MSU Denver and the aerospace community," stated Brian O'Connor, Vice President of Production Operations at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. "Emerging manufacturing technologies will create possibilities we can only dream of today, like printing an entire satellite from the ground up or printing complex parts that we can't machine by traditional methods. We're helping students design with those new concepts in mind, so the next space missions will be innovative, affordable, and faster to market."
Stephen M. Jordan, Ph.D., MSU Denver President, commented, "With support from key partners like Lockheed Martin, MSU Denver can offer students education opportunities that directly address workforce needs in Colorado's key industry clusters. Students now have the rare opportunity to work with technology and equipment used by some of the top advanced manufacturing companies in the world."
The image shows a 3D-printed half-scale model of the NASA Orion spacecraft.
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