After seven months of build-out and preparations, the UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center (AMCC) successfully held the first of many advanced AM technical training sessions during the week of December 7. The UL AMCC, a first-of-its-kind AM training facility, is the result of a private public partnership between UL and the University of Louisville. Located on the campus of the University of Louisville, the UL AMCC offers hands-on AM training for metals (initially) and curriculum spanning design set up, design optimization, machine set up, part production, post processing, part inspection, testing, validation, and facility and process safety.
The first class at the facility – Advanced Training on Metal Part Production – was led by UL AMCC’s director of educational programs, Ed Tackett and assisted by UL’s Lead AM Development Engineer, Paul Bates. Tackett described the students taking the advanced course as “very enthusiastic with big skill sets and big questions.” Bates added, “The best feedback we received was their (the students) reluctance to leave on Friday. They stayed as long as possible before leaving to get every minute of machine time and instruction.”
Future students of the UL AMCC can expect even more hands-on time, not just with the AM machines, but with the post processing equipment, heat treating equipment, and build prep equipment. “It’s an amazing week. Fully vetted best practices, machine maintenance such as calibration and filter changing, and detailed instruction on every aspect of part making on AM equipment…there’s no shadowing here,” Tackett said.
Learn more about the UL AMCC’s Advanced Training on Metal Part Production, class schedules and registration details.
UL and the University will hold a formal UL AMCC grand opening and open house at the beginning of 2016.