19 June 2007
19 June 2007
Florida State University administrators, joined by Tallahassee-area economic development officials, recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Materials Research Building in Tallahassee's Innovation Park.
""With the additions of this new building and several faculty positions funded under FSU's 'Pathways of Excellence' initiative, we will be among the nation's best research centres in advanced composites,"" said Kirby Kemper, vice president of Research at FSU. ""This truly marks the beginning of the next generation of lightweight, high-performance composite materials.""
The $17 million building, which is scheduled to be ready by fall 2008, will be a two-story, 44,000-square-foot facility that houses 13 laboratories for the design, processing and characterization of advanced materials and systems. When completed, it will house the High-Performance Materials Institute and FSU's Center of Excellence in Advanced Materials, which was established in November 2006 through a $4 million grant from the State University System's Board of Governors.
""Working closely with many industrial partners, our research will benefit the aerospace, auto, defense, electronics and wind-energy industries by providing lightweight, safe, energy-efficient and cost-effective composite systems,"" said Ben Wang, director of the Center of Excellence in Advanced Materials and research director of the High-Performance Materials Institute. ""This building also will provide the resources for us to provide work-force training to attract industry and create jobs in the area.”
New at Advanced Engineering 2018 will be the Rösler 'plug and play' RMO trough machine, a compact, mobile and versatile system for finishing both plastic and metal parts, including AM/3D printed.
R-Tech Materials has achieved Nadcap accreditation for the testing of non-metallic materials for the aerospace industry. The scope of accreditation covers a range of mechanical tests on composite materials, and opens the way for R-Tech to offer its testing services to the aerospace sector.
At Advanced Engineering 2018, MSA Manufacturing is promoting its extensive CNC cutting, slitting, 2D preforming and sequenced kitting capabilities for a wide range of glass and carbon fabrics, along with 3- and 5-axis CNC machining and kitting of cores for manufacturing composite parts.