Clemson University in South Carolina will now be offering its students and faculty access to state-of-the-art 3D printing technologies thanks to a recent partnership with GE Power. The agreement between the two parties will see Clemson University work alongside GE engineers at the new Additive Manufacturing Lab at GE Power’s Advanced Manufacturing Works (AMW) facility in Greenville, SC.
The partnership is mutually beneficial, as it will give Clemson University students, faculty and staff access to some of the most cutting edge additive manufacturing equipment and expertise, while supporting an engineering talent pipeline which GE and other industrial players in the state can recruit from.
“Our state is a leader in advanced manufacturing, and Clemson will continue to be a valuable resource for our industry partners,” said Clemson President Jim Clements. “This state-of-the-art lab will provide our students with a unique, hands-on learning experience and better prepare them for the workforce. I am grateful to GE for providing our students with this opportunity.”
GE Power’s new Additive Manufacturing Lab, inaugurated at a ceremony yesterday, spans 1,000 square feet and houses three AM systems for both metal and industrial polymer printing (including GE Additive’s Concept Laser M2 Cusing DMLM machine).
Notably, the facility marks Clemson’s first additive manufacturing lab located at a corporate partner’s site. Clemson will effectively be running the lab, and management will be the responsibility of the university’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing. GE, for its part, will provide professional training programs in the spring to teach Clemson students about specific uses for AM, optimized machine operations and post-processing.
The goal, ultimately, is to provide students with the skills and experience necessary to drive AM innovations ahead. Together, GE and Clemson aim to hone and accelerate the evolution of industrial additive technologies and applications, while also equipping the next generation of engineers with specialized AM know-how.
“We know advanced manufacturing will continue transforming business around the globe and we’re leaders in the field” commented John Lammas, Chief Engineer and Chief Technology Officer of GE Power. “By partnering with Clemson, a South Carolina top public institution, we will be able to train students from one of the country’s leading institutions to be the next generation of engineers, furthering their education and preparing them to move additive manufacturing forward.”
The first students to train and work at the new AM lab will be a group of graduate students from the Department of Automotive Engineering at Clemson University. The students will leverage the facility to design and create parts for the Deep Orange program—a collaborative project with automotive manufacturers to build a car from concept to reality in two years.