UConn, Pratt collaborate on manufacturing lab

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Associated Press

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut and jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney are collaborating on a digital engineering lab.

Friday's announcement of the Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center at UConn is seen as giving the university's Engineering School faculty and students access to a major aerospace manufacturer. It also will extend Pratt & Whitney's reach into a research university.

Interim Engineering School Dean Kazem Kazerounian (KAY-'zem Kah-zeh-ROO-NEE-EN) says the lab also will make it possible for UConn to seek grant money.

Additive manufacturing adds layers of metal, plastic or other materials to more quickly make a product. Similar to 3D printing, additive manufacturing differs from traditional manufacturing that mills, grinds or otherwise takes away a portion of a substance to make a product such as a tool.

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