Materials Innovation Center Opens in Detroit to Spur Commercialization of Lightweight-Metal TechnologyMarch 1, 2015
The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) has opened its new 100,000 sq.-ft. innovation acceleration center in Detroit, exhibiting new technologies that use lightweight metals and announcing its new program name, LIFT —Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow.
The $148 million center is designed to facilitate partnerships among major research institutions and manufacturers to accelerate the transfer of new manufacturing technology from the research lab to the production floor. It will work with lightweight materials such as aluminum, magnesium, titanium and advanced high-strength steel alloys and focus on new technologies for casting, heattreating, forming, joining and coating.ALMMII is a non-profit organization founded by three partners, The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University and EWI, an independent research and development organization based in Columbus, OH. It was selected last year to operate LM3I, the Lightweight and Modern Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute, one of five institutes set up by the U.S. government to maintain America’s manufacturing leadership. Known as the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, each institute has a particular focus. While LIFT accelerates technologies using lightweight metals, others will advance technologies in power generation, digital manufacturing, additive manufacturing, photonics and advanced composites.
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