Additive facility partners with community college

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Published on December 6, 2019 -

Additive facility partners with community college

As the aerospace industry continues to grow here in the Tennessee Valley, the potential for additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is growing as well

Additive facility partners with community college

As the aerospace industry continues to grow here the tennessee valley, the potential for additive manufacturing, or 3d printing, is growing as well.

Carpenter technology's new facility is called the "emerging technology center."

In tonight's skilled to work, waay 31's will robinson-smith learned how the new additive facility is not only bringing new jobs to the area, but also helping out a local college.

I've been an assembly worker, i've been a welder, i've been kind of allover manufacturing in north alabama.

After taking his skills across the tennessee valley, michael moore says his journey led him to the additive manufacturing program at calhoun community college.

Well i was actually going for my degree in welding and i had to take a drafting class for that degree.

And i just fell in love with drafting.

So i decided additive is the new up and coming manufacturing and i wanted to be in it.

Moore is now one of the newest employees at carpenter technology's emerging technology center.

The facility manages metal additive projects from turning liquid metal into a powder... printing the materials and getting them ready for distribution.

A process that they say isn't available in one place anywhere else in the country.

We're trying to create an area of expertise where we have the engineers being able to understand that full end-to-end process so that we can really start to develop those solutions for our customers.

One of the benefits for carpenter technologies is that as the additive sector grows and expands over the next several years, is it doesn't have to go across the state or really even across the country to attract new talent, it just has to go across the street.

And that's where calhoun plays such a vital role in that, in kind of that skilled to work format.

They see what's going on in our industry, they know the skills that we want, so they're designing programs to meet those skills so that we can go and get those skilled individuals right out of these programs and put them right to work.

While there isn't a specific breakdown of the number of additive manufacturing employees in alabama, market analysis shows the industry brought in $9.3 billion globally in 2018.

Within ten years, it's projected to an industry worth a quarter of a trillion dollars.

The real challenge that this industry faces is the 'how.'

How are we going to convert these opportunities into the reality where this digital technology takes over as the premier manufacturing technology.

A couple of months ago, calhoun re-branded its additive program as the "alabama center for additive manufacturing excellence."

Calhoun's head additive instructor nina bullock says calhoun and carpenter will be sitting down at the start of next year to craft anew partnership, possibly similar to the fame program.

I would see us sitting down at a table and saying, 'hey, are there other classes that we're not teaching right now that your students that are going to be working there need?'

Right now, the emerging technology center is projected to add 60 new high skilled jobs over the next five years.

They said there's also quite a bit of unused space as they add to the site in the future.

To learn more about carpenter's new facility and the additive program at calhoun, click on this story on our website,, under the skilled to work tab.


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