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Manufacturing and Machining Technology launches phase one of Additive Manufacturing Cell

By Philip Denman, May 10, 2019

The Manufacturing and Machining Department has launched phase one of its Additive Manufacturing Cell, which aims to enhance the instruction of future technicians and to produce diverse, well-qualified graduates for the STEM technical workforce.

Additive Manufacturing is a group of new technologies for making products and components from a digital model, the technology is having dramatic implications in a wide range of industries including defense, aerospace, automotive, medical/dental and metals manufacturing.

According to James McCuaig, instructor, Manufacturing and Machining Technology, "3D printing is the common term describing several additive processes used to create a three-dimensional object, in which layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object."

The addition allows Green River to stay on the bleeding edge when it comes to technology by using proven advanced manufacturing systems and subsystems as an aid in preparing students for modern manufacturing careers. Some of the technologies include computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining, advanced manufacturing and rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, robotics, mass customization (additive manufacturing) digital design technology and network-centric production.

The Additive Manufacturing Cell is a partnership with National Science Foundation and the University of Washington Materials Sciences and Engineering Department.

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