The NSF TCUP Tribal Enterprise Advancement Center grant is to establish an NTU Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NTUCAM) to support Additive Manufacturing, especially metal AM, on the Navajo Nation, in New Mexico and in the US. This funding supports the NTUCAM to educate, train and provides services within the Metal Additive Manufacturing eco-system that includes:
Computer Aided Design (3D modeling of parts and assemblies, structural/mechanical simulation, and 3D printing simulation).
Metal AM machine operations (powder handling safety, machine parameters, and machine cleaning/maintenance).
Post-processing operations (Part removal, Electronic Discharge Machining, Horizontal Band Saw, CNC operations-lathe/mill and polishing/finishing operations).
Validation (metrology-CMM, CT scanning, laser scanning, white light scanning, GDT).
Material properties and characterizations (microscopy, powder characterization (morphology/composition), Tensile/compression testing and fatigue testing).