The University of Northern Iowa’s Metal Casting Center is part of one of seven teams awarded funding through America Makes to advance additive manufacturing technologies. Through a partnership with the Youngstown Business Incubator, UNI’s MCC is part of a team that also includes the American Foundry Society; Ford Motor Company; Humtown Products; Northeast Iowa Community College; Pennsylvania State University (ARL); Product Development & Analysis (PDA), LLC; Tinker Omega Mfg. LLC; and Youngstown State University.
The team will be working to ensure the metal casting industry stays competitive by researching the development of high speed sand printers and expanding on methods to optimize casting designs for additive manufacturing.
“The Metal Casting Center is excited about the opportunity to assist the industry in advancement of additive manufacturing technology. The technology we help develop will allow U.S. companies to better compete on the world market and re-shore lost manufacturing opportunities,” says Gerald Thiel, director of the UNI MCC. UNI’s Metal Casting Center was established in 1990 with a grant from the Iowa Lottery to serve foundries and foundry suppliers in Iowa and has become a leader in foundry innovations, 3D printing capabilities and additive manufacturing technologies.