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LIFT: Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow

LIFT: Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow

LIFT Membership

LIFT serves the U.S. manufacturing sector by supporting innovative manufacturing technologies, and enabling cost-effective lightweighting of components used in transportation systems. Target manufacturing sectors include automotive, aerospace, defense, over the road truck, and rail.

Member Benefits

Participation in project reviews

Access to all technical information and reports

Access to graduates of the university-funded programs

Technical Inquiry Service – Members may phone or email technical inquiries

Access to LIFT Member Central Website

Virtual Design Review meetings

LIFT provides a range of benefits. The institute’s partners identify priorities for technology, workforce, and supply chain development, as well as provide financial support for precompetitive research. This effort aims to yield results in technology insertion, maturation, and opportunities for commercialization. As part of LIFT’s efforts, team members will develop relevant manufacturing workforce, education, and apprenticeship programs that can reach students at all levels of the education system.

In addition, LIFT IP information is shared based upon membership level. However, usage of the IP may be limited in the form of licenses and other agreements.

LIFT is creating new ways to support smaller companies, including our new Tech Help Desk.

The membership fee structure is based on company size and willingness to partner on technology development for lightweight metals. Members must sign the membership agreement containing a number of specific rights and responsibilities. For details, contact LIFT Director of Business Development and Member Relations Phil Chizek at or 313.309.9134.