Leading Innovations For Tomorrow

Developing new manufacturing processes and new systems including new and innovative processes in an effort to drive smarter manufacturing into the industry and helping manufacturers carry their concepts from design, through optimization, to commercialization.

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The LIFT Journey

LIFT moves emerging materials and processing technologies across the "valley of death" from advanced concepts to commercialization, utilizing the digital thread and digital twin, so they can be adopted by industry and the warfighter faster.


Basic Manufacturing Implications Identified


Manufacturing Concepts Identified


Manufacturing Proof of Concept Developed


Ability To Produce Prototype Component In A Lab Environment


Ability To Produce Prototype Components In A Production Relevant Environment


Ability To Produce Prototype System In A Production Relevant Environment


Ability To Produce Systems, Subsystems, Or Components In A Production Representative Environment


Pilot Line Capability Demonstrated; Ready To Begin Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP)


Low Rate Production Demonstrated; Ability To Begin Full Rate Production (Frp)


Full Rate Production Demonstrated And Lean Production Practices In Place

Manufacturing Readiness Level / Technology Readiness Level Matrix

Technology Pillars

Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) and Computational Engineering

  • ICME/Laboratory Materials Characterization
  • ICME Material Model Development Licensing
  • ICME Education
  • CAD/CAE/CAM Industry Projects

Advanced Alloy and Process Development

  • Lightweight Armor Development
  • Rare Earth Materials Process Optimization
  • Hypersonic Materials Development
  • Agile Tooling
  • Supply base development to accelerate manufacturing readiness (MRL)

Agile and Smarter Manufacturing

  • Digital Thread & Digital Twin Demonstration and Education
  • Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM)
  • Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing
  • Incremental Sheet-forming (Robotic Blacksmithing)
  • Quality & ND Inspection of Additive Parts

Multi-Material Joining

  • Advanced Metallic Welding Process Development (GMAW, Friction-Stir, Linear Friction)
  • Metallic/Non-Metallic Joining
  • Quality & Inspection
  • Advanced Joining Education


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Technology Resources

LIFT Equipment

Digital Twin Smart Factory Showcase

EOS M 290 Industrial Metal 3D Printer

Linear Friction Welder

Hot Isostatic Press

Connected Digital Thread

Extrusion Press

Hydroforming Press

Siemens Controls

Flexible Robotic Joining System

Plasmatreat Cell

Additive Manufacturing

CNC Mill

Fully Equipped Machine Shop

Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing Cell

CNC Lathe

Fully Equipped Metrology Lab

Incremental Sheet Forming Cell

CT Scanner

LIFT Activities

Technology Accelerator

Program Management

Contract Research and Development

Technology Transfer

Knowledge Library

Reverse Engineering

Technology Roadmapping

Start-up Support

Physical and Virtual Try-out

Additive Manufacturing

Spin-off Support

Metrology Services

Portfolio Management

Rapid Prototyping

LIFT Technology Ecosystem


Connect with Our Technology Team

Contact the LIFT technology team to learn more about how we can support your smarter manufacturing goals and help you connect materials, processes and systems. We look forward to helping you achieve your technology goals.
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