$10 million awarded to the University of North Texas

The  University of North Texas’ (UNT)   Center for Agile and Adaptive Additive Manufacturing (CAAAM) has been awarded $10 million by the  86th Texas Legislature, this money will help build the center’s current capabilities, and develop a highly skilled workforce of engineers.

“We are grateful to the Legislature for funding our new center,” said Neal Smatresk, President of UNT. “Through CAAAM, UNT will advance its research and expand its role as a leader in this exciting new technology.”

CAAAM was launched in late 2018 by UNT under its already existing Materials Research Facility (MRF) with the goal of introducing their students to new technologies and to get hand on experience. The center is conducting research on smart material and environmentally friendly technology to advance Texas’ industrial manufacturing. Its facilities will also be used to prototype such materials to “globally transform the future of advanced manufacturing.”

“The uses for additive manufacturing have the potential to transform a wide variety of industries — from the oil fields to the operating rooms,” explained Narendra Dahotre, interim vice president for research and innovation at UNT.

“Imagine knowing exactly what you want to create, exactly how much it will cost, exactly how much materials will be needed and exactly how long it will take to complete. Additive manufacturing is the industry’s dream come true.”

Prior to CAAAM, UNT used its Additive Manufacturing Lab (AML) to develop metal 3D printing processes. Rajarshi Banerjee, Regents Professor and director of the MRF, stated, “Many universities are involved in 3D printing, but we want to go deeper.”

“We want to understand what is fundamentally different about the same metallic material made using 3D printing technology versus the manufacturing technologies in subtractive manufacturing; What is the difference? Is it good, or is it bad?”

Jackson, Beau, et al. “University of North Texas’ Center for Agile and Adaptive Additive Manufacturing Awarded $10 Million.” 3D Printing Industry, 18 June 2019, 3dprintingindustry.com/news/university-of-north-texas-center-for-agile-and-adaptive-additive-manufacturing-awarded-10-million-157231/.