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LIFT: Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow

LIFT: Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow

LIFT Off Webinar Series

Innovation is at the heart of manufacturing. Often that innovation comes from startups or small and medium-sized companies that have a new idea on how to make something or an innovative process for creating something new.

At LIFT our mission is to support those companies and help their innovations flourish and find a foothold in the marketplace. With that goal in mind, we are proud to announce:

LIFT Off: A Technology Series for Small and Medium-sized Companies

Each month an LIFT member will be featured and will discuss the advanced manufacturing innovations they are working on. Please join us by registering below and checking out the list of upcoming speakers. If you have questions, or would like to be a speaker yourself, please click the Contact link to let us know.

Upcoming Webinars:

  • September 26, 2019 – Carpenter Technology: Next Generation of Alloys for Defense ApplicationsREGISTER HERE
  • October 2019 – TBD


Past Webinars:


  • August 17: Multi-Material Riveting – Dan Radomski, Optimal Inc.
  • September 21: Development of a New Aluminum HP Die Casting Alloy Targeting a 50% Increase in Strength and Elongation vs. Traditional Aluminum Alloys  – Subodh Das, Phinix
  • October 19: Lightweight Metals Enabling Software – Ravi Kunju, Altair
  • November 16: Smart Virtual Prototyping – Mark Doroudian, ESI
  • December – No Webinar – Happy Holidays!


  • January 18: Leading Ultra Hard Armor Succeeds in Lightening Automotive Stampings 25-50% – Gary Cola, Flash Bainite
  • February 15: Morphing Software – Radha Krishnan, DEP
  • March 15: Cryogenic Machining – Bill Harwatch, 5ME
  • April 19: Lynn Brown, Aluminum Extrusion Council
  • May 17: Jiten Shah, PDA, LLC
  • June 21: Lightweight Auto Frame Collaboration – Gregg Peterson, LIFT/The Center
  • July 19: Rotational Friction Welding Process – Mike Spodar, Coldwater Machine Company
  • August 16: Weld Optimization – Fast CAE Modeling Techniques to reduce welds/weight while meeting performance and cost reduction targets – Radha Krishnan and Ray Chaney, Detroit Engineered Products
  • September 20: Lightweight AGV System – Jerry Vanneste, OmnicoAGV
  • October 18: Lightweight Casting Technologies – Jiten Shah, PDA, LLC
  • November 15: Lightweight Battery Trays for Electric Vehicles – Ron Gillingham, Munro & Associates


  • August 29: Accelerated Design of Metal Alloys by High-Throughput Calculation Using CALPHAD Simulation Tools –Fan Zhang, Computherm

August 2019 LIFT Off CompuTherm

LIFT Off Munro and Assoc 11 15 18

LIFT Off PDA 10 18 18

LIFT Off DEP August 2018

LIFT Off Coldwater Machine Company July 2018

June 2018 LIFT Off Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

Past Webinar: PDA LLC (5-17-18)

Past Webinar: AEC (4-19-18)

Past Webinar: 5ME (3-15-18)

Past Webinar: DEP (2-15-18)

Past Webinar: Bainite (1-18-18)

Past Webinar: ESI (11-16-17)

Past Webinar: Altair (10-19-17)

Past Webinar: Phinix (9-21-17)

Past Webinar: Optimal Technologies LLC (8-7-17)