Within many industries, growth goals are often described as “increasing the size of the pie”. This can mean many things, but it is often used to describe industry innovations that lead to new opportunities and growth for everyone involved.
At UAMMI, we are continually looking for new ways to help grow the size of the pie in Utah to the benefit of all. We have pursued many avenues to do this, such as the coal to carbon project, which is underway and showing signs of promise.
As some of you may have heard, one of these pursuits recently came to fruition. UAMMI has been awarded a $1 million federal grant to 3D print carbon-based composite parts for legacy aircraft in the Air Force. UAMMI will work with the Air Force Sustainment Center and Hill Air Force Base to identify out-of-production aircraft parts that need to be replaced. Those parts will then be manufactured using a state-of-the-art carbon-based 3D printer at the USTAR Innovation Center in Clearfield, Utah.
We are very excited about this project and think that it will be an opportunity to increase the size of the industry pie here in Utah. With the advances in additive manufacturing across the globe, this would put Utah on the map as a leader in that space.
Please read the full press release, which includes a list of the project partners, at: http://www.uammi.org/press/uammi-america-makes-grant