IACMI Scale-Up Research Facility (SURF)
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
|4,000T Compression Press||Schuler||Closed mold infusion (e.g., HP-RTM); Compression molding (e.g., SMC); Thermoplastic forming, etc.
|Injection Molding Cell||Milacron||Injection molding of plastics & composites; Overmolding of composite & metal reinforcements
|Rapid Heat-Cool System for Tools||RocTool||Rapid induction-based heat-cool for better cycle time and surface quality; Systems installed at injection & compression presses
|Prepreg Line||Litzler||Produce novel prepreg materials
|HP-RTM Compression Molding||Hennecke||High 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ray Boeman, Associate Director for IACMI Vehicles Technology Area, at email@example.com.
Facility made possible by support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Michigan State University, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.