Lockheed Martin Space Systems Corporation Partnership
Announced in June 2017
A targeted $1Million investment by the Lockheed Martin Space Systems (LMSS) Corporation of Colorado created the Lockheed Martin Additive Manufacturing Laboratory, centered around a Stratasys Fortus 900mc machine, a 3D printer that will uniquely position MSU Denver as an educational institution in the field of production tooling development.
The Fortus 900mc machine is considered state-of-the-art at companies such as Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance and having our students and faculty working collaboratively with LMSS personnel will be a tremendous boast to our targeted workforce development efforts.
In addition, the Lockheed Martin investment has created an Endowed Directorship at MSU Denver; namely, the "Lockheed Martin Endowed Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute".
Dr. Robert Park currently holds the Endowed Director position. "This is a tremendous honor not only for myself but also for the Institute and the University as a whole", said Dr. Park.
Lockheed Martin, Stratasys and MSU Denver Trilateral Partnership
Hartwig, Inc. Partnership
Announced in February 2017
On the subtractive machining and inspection side, a partnership with Hartwig, Inc. is providing our students and faculty with hands on exposure to state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing equipment, processes and materials. Hartwig will refresh the equipment at no cost to the University, thus maintaining state-of-the-art status for our program on an on-going basis.
The initial estimated value of the CNC equipment, software, tooling, consumable materials, etc. provided is around $2 Million to date.
Tremendous value is added when you consider all the technical expertise that Hartwig and its partner companies bring to the table,” said Park. “For students, that’ll translate to a highly relevant and targeted education experience in the advanced manufacturing area."
Hartwig’s premium brand companies include Okuma, Tsugami, Hexagon, GF, Okamoto and EOS, while affiliated companies include, ATS-Systems & Cooljet Systems, Edge Technologies, Sandvik Coromant, QualiChem and Zoller.
New CNC Machining & Inspection Course Culminates in Student Success
The photographs presented below were taken in the Hartwig Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at MSU Denver and depict student projects from our spring 2019 course on "CNC Machining & Inspection".
Students were tasked with; creating individual part designs based on a set of design parameters and available machine tools, writing by hand individual programs applying G&M codes, loading their programs into the control center of our Okuma M560V mill, suitably adjusting their programs via the control center to achieve a working simulation, suitably holding and referencing their work pieces, and finally, machining their parts. Furthermore, students inspected their parts against their designs using our optical comparator and portable arm CMM, in addition to employing Vernier calipers and micrometers. Finally, the students generated inspection reports to accompany their machined parts.
As indicated in the above images, the projects demonstate a high degree of creativity and learned expertise, which is due to their hard work and the excellent instruction the students received from Richard High of Lockheed Martin, the course developer and instructor. In addition, Jason Butler, our AMSI Laboratory Coordinator, was instrumental in our students' success, due to his expertise and his high degree of engagement with the students in the Hartwig Lab.