Last week the University of Connecticut opened an additive manufacturing center for research and development at its Storrs, Conn., campus.
The Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center will work with Northeast manufacturing companies to focus on the research and development of additive manufacturing methods using metals rather than polymers. The center, which UConn claims is one of the most advanced additive manufacturing laboratories in the country, will also work to train engineers and designers in its state-of-the-art lab.
The $4.5 million center was funded through a partnership between Pratt & Whitney and UConn. It will allow UConn students to work with Pratt & Whitney technology and personnel. The center also supports President Barack Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership initiative that pairs public and private organizations in the development of additive manufacturing technology.
“The new Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center will allow us to push into new frontiers of manufacturing and materials science while training a new generation of engineers in some of the world’s most sophisticated manufacturing technology,” UConn President Susan Herbst said at the opening.