Additive Manufacturing Center to become one-of-a-kind facility

A student at UNI's Additive Manufacturinig Center

UNI’s Additive Manufacturing Center (AMC) took the first step towards becoming the only university in the world to boast having an automated investment casting facility when the two of three robotic machining cells arrived on campus this spring.

This groundbreaking expansion combines cutting-edge additive manufacturing technology with automated computer processing that allows for faster production than ever before. The cells create an automated investment casting mold that can be integrated with existing pattern printing technologies.

“The automation applications into the metal casting industry will help elevate the skill sets of the workforce while removing workers from environmentally and physically challenging or dangerous applications,” AMC operations manager Travis Frush said. “Operators will use robots to support the menial and basic material handling requirements of the casting process.”

The AMC is a world-class 3D printing and casting center that helps keep Iowa’s industry supply chain on the leading edge of innovation. It is staffed by current UNI students, allowing them to gain valuable job experience while they help meet the demands of small businesses from across the state.