The Polytechnic School at Arizona State University (ASU), Texas, USA, has partnered with Concept Laser, Honeywell Aerospace and Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies, Inc. (PADT) to build a new Additive Manufacturing research facility, said to be the largest in the Southwest, on the Polytechnic campus. The 15,000 ft2 centre is home to over $2 million of polymer and metal AM equipment.
The lab has a Concept Laser M2 cusing and Mlab cusing machine which are dedicated metal Additive Manufacturing. The Polytechnic School is using the machines for a wide range of research and development activities including materials development and prototyping complex mechanical and energy systems.
“Honeywell is thrilled to be participating in the opening of the new additive manufacturing laboratory at the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus,” stated Don Godfrey, Engineering Fellow at Honeywell. “For many years, we have worked with ASU seniors on their capstone projects with three of these projects this school year additive manufacturing focused. In addition to our own Additive Manufacturing operations, we have provided mentorship to students in the program and assisted in the procurement of one machine for the schools’ new lab. We look forward to growing our relationships with the university in developing brilliant minds to tackle and overcome industry challenges associated with aviation and Additive Manufacturing.”
“Changing the future of metal Additive Manufacturing begins with educated teachers and curious students. The educational leadership that the ASU Polytechnic School provides to the Southwest region and the industry will certainly be impactful. Concept Laser is proud to be a partner in this initiative,” added John Murray, President and CEO of US-based subsidiary Concept Laser Inc.
PADT, Inc is an engineering product and services company that focuses on helping customers who develop physical products by providing Numerical Simulation, Product Development, and 3D Printing solutions. Rey Chu, the company’s Principal, Manufacturing Technologies, stated, “This partnership is the next and obvious step in the progression of Additive Manufacturing in the Southwest. With Concept Laser’s outstanding technology, Honeywell’s leadership in applying Additive Manufacturing to practical aerospace needs, PADT’s extensive network of customers and industry experience, and ASU’s proven ability to educate and work with industry, the effort will establish a strong foundation for the entire regional ecosystem.”
The ASU Polytechnic School added that it will be hosting an open house to celebrate the launch of the Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub on January 18, 2017. There will be guided tours showcasing student projects and Honeywell, Concept Laser and PADT will be in attendance. Registration details can be found here www.mrihlaunch.eventbrite.com