MTS Partners With Auburn University To Advance Additive Manufacturing

As part of the alliance agreement with the university, MTS will supply test equipment to Auburn's NCAME mechanical testing lab and share expertise to advance mechanical testing methods for additively manufactured materials and components.

As part of the alliance agreement with the university, MTS will supply test equipment to Auburn's NCAME mechanical testing lab and share expertise to advance mechanical testing methods for additively manufactured materials and components.

MTS Systems Corporation, supplier of high-performance test systems, motion simulators and sensors, announces a strategic alliance with Auburn University to accelerate additive manufacturing research and test development. Auburn University is home to the National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence (NCAME), which is a founding partner of the ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE).

As part of the alliance agreement with the university, MTS will supply test equipment to Auburn's NCAME mechanical testing lab and share expertise to advance mechanical testing methods for additively manufactured materials and components.

Auburn University's NCAME and MTS are working together to identify the mechanical testing advancements necessary for further adoption of additive technology.

“MTS' applications expertise combined with deep knowledge of testing practices in the automotive, aerospace and biomedical industries, brings a unique perspective and set of qualifications to advance additive manufacturing test methods and systems,” says Dr. Jeffrey Graves, MTS president and CEO. “MTS is pleased to be working with Auburn University to hasten adoption of these manufacturing techniques and improve the quality of products made with them.”

“If we better understand and improve the mechanical performance of additive products, we can overcome a major barrier against the widespread adoption of this increasingly essential technology. In terms of durability and reliability, we have to ask if we trust these products enough to use them in load-bearing, safety-critical applications. That has been the focus of our research at Auburn,” adds Nima Shamsaei, NCAME director, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn University. “As one of the leading institutes in designing and manufacturing of mechanical testing apparatus, their expertise can directly benefit our research activities related to the mechanical characterization of additive materials.”

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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