Advanced Materials & Processes

FEB 2015

Covers developments in engineering materials selection, processing, fabrication, testing/characterization, materials engineering trends, and emerging technologies, industrial and consumer applications, as well as business and management trends

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VITaL STaTISTIcS In January, the American Lightweight Materials Man- ufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) opened its new 100,000-sq-ft "innovation acceleration center" in Detroit by showcasing technologies that use lightweight metals and announcing its new program name, LIFT—Lightweight Inno- vations for Tomorrow. The $148 million center will build part- nerships among research institutions and manufacturers to accelerate the transfer of new manufacturing technology from the research stage to actual production processes. SuccESS FacToRS LIFT members will work with metals such as aluminum, magnesium, titanium, and advanced high-strength steels and focus on new technologies to cast, heat treat, form, join, and coat them. Activities will build on the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) and incorporate breakthroughs in integrat- ed computational materials engineering (ICME), materials modeling, theory, and data mining to speed deployment of advanced materials. Launched in 2011 by the Obama Ad- ministration, MGI is a multi-agency effort designed to create a new era of policy, resources, and infrastructure to support U.S. institutions in developing materials twice as fast and at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods. LIFT, operated by ALMMII, was selected by the U.S. Department of Defense under the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing In- novation (LM3I) solicitation issued by the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research. aBouT ThE InnoVaToRS ALMMII is a nonprofit organization founded by the Uni- versity of Michigan, The Ohio State University, and EWI, along with a 60-member consortium of leading metals manufactur- ers, universities, and research labs. ASM is part of the consor- tium and will assist with education and workforce develop- ment initiatives. whaT'S nEXT "Our industry partners, with input from government agencies, will set the priorities of our effort," explains Alan Taub, chief technical officer and ASM member. "We will cre- ate collaborations to focus on the opportunities manufactur- ing companies identify to take breakthroughs from the best research institutions across the country and commercialize them as certified, production-level processes. Our work will cross-fertilize developments in several industries—including defense and commercial applications in aerospace, automo- tive, marine, and railroad." Contact Details LIFT — Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow 1400 Rosa Parks Blvd. Detroit, MI 48216 313.309.9003, SuccESS anaLYSIS SpEcImEn: LIFT — LIghTwEIghT InnoVaTIonS FoR TomoRRow ALMMII's chief technical oficer Alan Taub (lef) and executive director Lawrence Brown. Rotor made of lightweight materials. Transmission designed using modern metals for weight savings. A D V A N C E D M A T E R I A L S & P R O C E S S E S | F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 5 6 4

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