CCAM engages in research in six technology focus areas. These areas are determined by the members and as such, are subject to change as technologies and member needs evolve.
Technology Focus Areas
Surface Engineering is a material science sub-discipline pertaining to the physical properties (structural, geometric, chemical, electrical, etc.) on the surface of solid materials. CCAM research and technology development is focused on surface preparation and the execution of secondary processes such as coatings application, laser powder deposition, welding, and repair technologies emphasizing the material characterization of the interstitial region and its impact on part integrity.
CCAM’s Manufacturing Systems research and technology development is directed towards “Digital Manufacturing” and the realization of “Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)”. Digital Manufacturing broadly describes the facilitation and implementation of an information technology hardware and software infrastructure on the manufacturing floor supporting digital execution of the design and manufacturing process definition. PLM extends that integration to processes critical to management of the product through its entire lifecycle. Investigations include consideration of Cyber Security in the manufacturing environment.
Machining Technologies addresses research and technology concentrating on enhancements to conventional machining operations. This includes items such as process optimization, tool design, advanced diagnostics, and in-situ metrology. A key CCAM objective is the development of the technologies required to achieve feedback controlled, adaptive machining processes.
Welding / Joining
CCAM’s Welding / Joining research and technology addresses both conventional and specialty welding and joining technologies. This focus area supports structural steel welding critical to the marine and oil and gas industries emphasizing process optimization, in-process diagnostics, and material property characterization of the weld zone.
Additive manufacturing broadly covers a range of technologies including directed energy deposition, freeform or 3-D printing, and hybrid machining. Each of these technologies will have a significant impact on future manufacturing. CCAM’s research and technology focus supports transition of these technologies onto the manufacturing floor including topics such as process qualification/optimization, material characterization, and production operation integration.
Composite Materials / Processing
Composite materials promise to have a significant impact in a wide range of industries due to the unique physical properties that can be achieved. This includes the high strength, low weight structures that can be achieved with organic / polymer matrix composites and the high strength, high temperature capability achievable with ceramic matrix composites. CCAM’s research and technology focus is on the key manufacturing processes required to support the product application of composite materials including machining, joining of disparate materials, and coatings.
Generic vs. Directed Research
Most CCAM members will have access to the results of generic research – funded and guided by the membership to address the needs of a broad spectrum of industry members.
Organizing Members and Tier 1 Members (see Members) can also perform directed research, allowing a member to work with CCAM staff on projects that address the specific needs of that member.