Selected Projects

LIFT’s projects are driven by our ecosystem to meet the needs of American industry and the U.S. warfighter. From developing new materials, to exploring innovative processes and integrating them into new systems in aerospace, shipbuilding, automotive and defense, LIFT’s projects are collaborative efforts between large and small industry, academia, research organizations and the government all to drive American manufacturing into the future.

 

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center And LIFT Lead Collaborative Unveiling of New Lightweight Frame for Specialty Cars at 2017 SEMA Show

The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC), a representative of the MEP National Network, in collaboration with Manufacturing USA Institutes LIFT- Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow and…

Novel/Agile Processing

Sustainable High Efficiency Machining

This project will develop and demonstrate advanced sustainable, high-efficiency machining technologies to achieve at least a 3x material removal rate improvement for machining lightweight materials…

Joining and Assembly

Development of Technologies for Joining Titanium to Steel

This project will investigate methods of maturing two specific processes of joining titanium to steel – lap and butt joining configurations. The applications for those…

Melt Processing

In-Situ Manufacturing of Nanoparticle Reinforced Aluminum Matrix Composites

This project intends to scale-up a process for producing aluminum-based nanocomposite material and develop process technologies for cast products with improved performance of large, single-piece…

Joining And Assembly

Robotic GTA Welding of Thin Complex Contours with Variable Fit-Up

The program will develop fully automated robotic welding of thin sheet metal parts with complex contours. Such parts have proven difficult to weld automatically because…

Joining And Assembly

Processing and Properties Database for Refill Friction Stir Spot Welding of Aerospace Materials

The program will explore friction stir spot welding as a more common application in the aerospace industry. Friction stir spot welds (FSSW) have many of…