Industry plays the central role in LIFT, identifying the priorities for technology with strong guidance from Navy Program Executive Offices and other appropriate government representatives.
6 Pillars of Technology Development
LIFT is comprised of member companies spanning the full supply chain from primary metal producers to component and equipment manufacturers to OEMs, enabling up-front commercialization plans and allowing start-up companies and non-industry research partners to integrate their developments directly into industry-driven roadmaps. LIFT’s industry partners will also provide financial support for both pre-competitive and proprietary research. State governments will provide funding to support economic development, facilities, and equipment, as well as education and workforce development activities.
Accelerated Manufacturing Innovation
LIFT’s technical approach is based on systems engineering principles which enable substantial compression of the time required to go from idea to product through integration of the product value chain from primary manufacturing processes (i.e., fabrication) with the other elements of the supply chain (e.g., design, customization, after-market support, etc.). LIFT provides the commercial and military sectors with innovative solutions for lightweight subsystem design, component-level manufacturing, joining, and assembly processes and quality control methods (e.g., distortion-control during joining and heat treatment). These lightweighting solutions involve the development of cutting-edge predictive capabilities and standardized certification methods to enable accurate knowledge of microstructure and damage evolution and performance through physics-based models and advanced interrogation tools.