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Coming soon to the Science Museum of Virginia Forge Exhibit

Our team of CCAM volunteers has been working with the Science Museum of Virginia to design, build, and install an interactive exhibit in a new maker space called “The Forge.” “The Forge” is part maker space, part interactive exploration, part community innovation sandbox. Covering more than 7,000 square feet, this innovative project leverages the institution’s exemplary community partnerships, multifaceted events, and nimble science communications channels to extend their brand and mission well beyond traditional exhibits and programs. CCAM researchers are…

RVA MakerFest

CCAM Volunteers participated in RVA’s Maker Fest on October 6, 2018 at the Science Museum of Virginia. Over 100 makers, tinkerers, hobbyists and entrepreneurs from across the region showcased their exceptional work. Virginia’s First Lady, Pamela Northam, was on hand to celebrate RVA’s Maker Fest. CCAM researchers are programing a KUKA KR5 arc Robot to become an artist robot, painting large scale, recognizable, works of art for Science Museum of Virginia visitors. The project is designed to engage families with…

CCAM Hosts its Second National Manufacturing Day

CCAM joined thousands of manufacturers across North America for National Manufacturing (MFG) Day, on October 5, 2018, to show the public what modern manufacturing looks like and inspire the next generation of skilled workers. 102 visitors attended CCAM’s MFG Day. Over 40 juniors and seniors from Dinwiddie High School and Prince George High School attended, as well as students from Southside Virginia Community College and John Tyler Community College. University participants included: the Universtiy of Virginia, Virginia State University and…

Local students tour manufacturing center in Prince George

Progress Index | John Adam | October 8, 2018 PRINCE GEORGE — Students from around the region got to experience the future of advanced manufacturing on Friday, as the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) put on their second “Manufacturing Day”. Students from local high schools like Prince George and Dinwiddie, and local colleges like Virginia State, John Tyler, and Southside Community College came to the center to learn about potential careers in the field of advanced manufacturing. “We want…

Join us October 5th for Manufacturing Day

CCAM is hosting a Manufacturing Day event at our facility in Prince George County, Virginia. Manufacturing Day® is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. CCAM's event is open to high school, college, and graduate school students. Wear your school colors and learn about the different educational pathways that can result into a stimulating and lucrative career in manufacturing. College and Universities will be on hand to determine which educational pathway is best for…

CCAM Welcomes Kyle Snyder to the Additive Manufacturing Team

On August 27th Kyle Snyder joined the CCAM Additive Manufacturing Team as a Researcher. Mr. Snyder’s past research focused on identifying sources of porosity in electron beam directed energy deposition. He also designed factorial experiments to investigate pore formation in electron beam additive manufacturing of titanium. Mr. Snyder graduated from Penn State University earning both his M.S. and B.S in Materials Science and Engineering. A self-described “gear head,” Kyle likes working on cars and motorcycles and also enjoys hiking…

HURCO Joins CCAM

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) is pleased to announce Hurco has joined its consortium at the Affiliate Member level. CCAM is where the best of industry, academia, and government come together to solve advanced manufacturing challenges. Hurco is a global company with divisions throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and provides machining centers with unique, innovative software and Computer Numerical Controls. With its membership, Hurco has provided CCAM with their latest Cantilever 5-Axis Machining Center: a VCX600i. The…

Dr. Kyle Schroeder joins CCAM as Adaptive Automation Researcher

CCAM welcomed Dr. Kyle Schroeder to the staff on July 31st. Dr. Schroeder joins the adaptive automation team and will focus on industrial and teleoperated robotics. He spent the last 5 years at SpringActive where he designed combined running and walking control of a powered prosthetic ankle and directed composites modeling and testing efforts for prosthesis spring design. While in school at the University of Texas at Austin he was a graduate research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory…

CCAM Participates in the 45th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation (QNDE)

CCAM Adaptive Automation researcher, Dr. Yuri Plotnikov, keynotes the international scientific/engineering conference QNDE, dedicated to a review of new research in quantitative nondestructive evaluation. Dr. Plotnikov detailed the Infrared-assisted acoustic emission process monitoring for additive manufacturing in his remarks.

Member Spotlight: Kyocera SGS Tech Hub

Kyocera SGS Precision Tools is utilizing the knowledge, technology, and equipment CCAM has to offer for the development of new world-class tooling and machining solutions for their customers. By undertaking projects away from a production environment, Kyocera SGS is able to focus on pure research and development, taking the time to fully explore each and every opportunity available. Through working collaboratively with other CCAM partners, Kyocera develops relationships and knowledge which benefits all parties. Currently Kyocera SGS Precision Tools…

VCU steps up in state push for research collaboration with eye for commerce

Michael Martz | Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia Commonwealth University is emerging as a player in two major state economic development initiatives aimed at collaborative research among major colleges and universities to produce technologies that could save lives and generate new jobs. VCU has reached agreement with Inova Health Systems to hire high-level research faculty who would work both for the university and the Genomics & Bioinformatics Research Institute soon under construction — with $20 million in state support — at…

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Selects CCAM Education/Workforce Project from First Project Call

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) has announced the selection of 6 education/workforce development projects resulting from ARM’s first formal project call announced in October 2017, including the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). These projects have been selected for funding and will kick-off in the coming months, pending final contract negotiations. ARM is the leading catalyst of robotics innovation and expertise, accelerating growth in U.S.-based manufacturing and high value careers. Founded in January 2017 by Carnegie Mellon University, and…

Solving Advanced Manufacturing Challenges

AIA Executive Report | Summer 2018 U.S. manufacturing has endured wrenching changes as of late – namely offshoring, automation, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing and robotics just to name a few technologies that have played a role in upending the status quo. These disruptive technologies present the very real risk to new and existing workers who could be dropped or left on the outside looking in unless they are trained with key market driven skills. While these changes appear daunting, these…

Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute Selects Virginia Tech and CCAM’s Proposal from First Project Call

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) recently announced nearly $10 million for ten projects to help advance its goals and enable U.S. manufacturers to develop and implement innovations that will advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, sustainability, and innovation. On May 31, 2018, CESMII announced that Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA), was awarded $1 Million as the primary lead, together with the University of Virginia, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), Penn State and…

New Thermal Spray Coating Process Specialist Joins CCAM’s Surface Engineering Team

Kevin Childrey joined CCAM’s Surface Engineering team as Thermal Spray Coating Process Specialist on June 4th. He was previously with Dominion Energy as Control Room Operator Trainee at Surry Nuclear Power Station and Operator at Chesterfield Power Station. Prior to that, Mr. Childrey spent six years at Alstom Power and completed a four-year journeyman winder program. He is experienced at operating machining equipment including milling machines, lathes, surface grinders and multiple welding and plasma cutting process machines; has been…