IACMI Scale-Up Research Facility (SURF)

The IACMI Scale-Up Research Facility (SURF), located in the Corktown district of Detroit, MI, represents IACMI’s Vehicles Technology Area. The SURF is managed by Michigan State University.

LIFT – Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow and IACMI-The Composites Institute co-invested in the manufacturing facility in 2015, and research and workforce development projects began in the facility in 2016. In October 2017, both of the Manufacturing USA institutes celebrated the facility with a ribbon cutting and open house on Manufacturing Day 2017.

Download the SURF Fact Sheet for more information.

Facility Capabilities Include

MachineProviderProcess Function
4,000T Compression PressSchulerClosed mold infusion (e.g., HP-RTM); Compression molding (e.g., SMC); Thermoplastic forming, etc.
Injection Molding CellMilacronInjection molding of plastics & composites; Overmolding of composite & metal reinforcements
Rapid Heat-Cool System for ToolsRocToolRapid induction-based heat-cool for better cycle time and surface quality; Systems installed at injection & compression presses
Prepreg LineLitzlerProduce novel prepreg materials
HP-RTM Compression MoldingHenneckeHigh Pressure RTM

Partner with Us

The IACMI Scale-Up Research Facility’s manufacturing capabilities and researchers are available to industry for research and development projects, as well as trials, testing, and validation of manufacturing innovations. For more information, contact IACMI Vehicle Technology Area Director, Lawrence Drzal, at drzal@egr.msu.edu or Ray Boeman, Associate Director for IACMI Vehicles Technology Area, at boemanrg@msu.edu.