As a leader in the field of precision engineering and measurement, the Center for Precision Metrology (CPM) furthered its mission of working with allied industrial partners in the research, development and integration of precision metrology as applied to manufacturing.
The UNC General Administration awarded $1.6 million and $50,000 to CPM to advance research in areas of strategic importance to the state. The largest of the UNC Research Opportunities Initiative grants will support the project “Advancing the Science and Practice of Metal-based Additive Manufacturing,” led by Dr. Chris Evans. Researchers from N.C. State and N.C. A&T State will partner on this project that will bring together experts from across North Carolina to develop new metal-based manufacturing methods.
The project “North Carolina Consortium for Manufacturing Data Science,” led by Dr. Tony Schmitz, received a $50,000 ROI planning grant to establish a multi-university/industry consortium for optimizing manufacturing methods using data science tools. UNC Chapel Hill and N.C. State researchers will partner on this project.
CPM’s Siemens Energy Large Manufacturing Solutions Laboratory added a five-axis milling machine to its capabilities. The Machine Tool Technologies Research Foundation donated the machine, which will be used in the research of large gear manufacturing.
CPM began planning an undergraduate concentration that will lead into the early entry mechanical engineering master’s program. The concentration will be comprised of technical electives and a senior design program sponsored by CPM affiliates.