Wichita State University announces project funding for two major advanced manufacturing projects. Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) awarded funding for Automation Manufacturing – Technicians for the Future, and America Makes awarded funding for a project focused on overcoming the performance limitations and degradation of additive manufacturing (AM) polymer materials when subjected harsh environments.
ARM is funding Wichita State and 10 other organizations for new education and workforce development projects.
Automation Manufacturing – Technicians for the Future, will focus on the creation of short-term, for-credit, modularized certificates to help increase the pipeline of a skilled workforce in developing and maintaining automated advanced manufacturing systems.
The project will combine Robotics Technology, Maintenance and Reliability, and Industrial Automation Machine Maintenance courses to provide employers with options to upskill employees.
America Makes and OSD/AFRL plan to provide USD3.9M to fund multiple awards with at least USD1.95 M in matching funds from the awarded project teams for total funding worth roughly USD5.9 M.
The SLAM projects seek to overcome the performance limitations and degradation of additive manufacturing (AM) polymer materials when subjected to demanding, harsh environments, which is preventing the wider adoption of AM.