The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing (IACMI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Composite Prototyping Center, (CPC) outlining a collaborative arrangement in which both will work to bring advanced composite materials and technologies to the marketplace. The agreement provides the framework for collaboration in research, product development, commercialization, workforce training and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
Advanced composite materials like carbon fibre are up to three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest metals used in many current applications. In the automotive sector, advanced composites could halve the weight of a passenger car and improve its fuel efficiency by roughly 35% without compromising performance or safety. IACMI was created as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation [http://www.manufacturing.gov/nnmi.html], emphases on developing lower-cost, higher-speed, and more efficient manufacturing and recycling processes for advanced composite materials. CPC enables the reengineering of outmoded manufacturing techniques by providing access to training, technology, prototyping and testing capabilities in the area of advanced composites. The three-year agreement was signed at CPC’s headquarters in Plainview, N.Y.