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Lockheed Martin Space Systems Corporation Partnership

Announced in June 2017

Student working on the Stratasys Fortus 900mc 3D Printer in the Lockheed Martin Additive Manufacturing Lab at MSU DenverA targeted $1Million investment by the Lockheed Martin Space Systems (LMSS) Corporation of Colorado created the Lockheed Martin Additive Manufacturing Laboratory, centered around a Stratasys Fortus 900mc machine, a 3D printer that will uniquely position MSU Denver as an educational institution in the field of production tooling development.

The Fortus 900mc machine is considered state-of-the-art at companies such as Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance and having our students and faculty working collaboratively with LMSS personnel will be a tremendous boast to our targeted workforce development efforts.

Lockheed Martin, Stratasys and MSU Denver Trilateral Partnership

Hartwig, Inc. Partnership

Announced in February 2017

Student working on the Okuma M560 Vertical Machining Center in the Hartwig, Inc. Advanced Manufacturing Lab at MSU DenverOn the subtractive machining and inspection side, a partnership with Hartwig, Inc. is providing our students and faculty with hands on exposure to state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing equipment, processes and materials. Hartwig will refresh the equipment at no cost to the University, thus maintaining state-of-the-art status for our program on an on-going basis.  

The initial estimated value of the CNC equipment, software, tooling, consumable materials, etc. provided is around $2 Million to date.

Tremendous value is added when you consider all the technical expertise that Hartwig and its partner companies bring to the table,” said Park. “For students, that’ll translate to a highly relevant and targeted education experience in the advanced manufacturing area."

Hartwig’s premium brand companies include Okuma, Tsugami, Hexagon, GF, Okamoto and EOS, while affiliated companies include, ATS-Systems & Cooljet Systems, Edge Technologies, Sandvik Coromant, QualiChem and Zoller.


New CNC Machining & Inspection Course Culminates in Student Success

The photographs presented below were taken in the Hartwig Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at MSU Denver and depict student projects from our spring 2019 course on "CNC Machining & Inspection".

Students were tasked with; creating individual part designs based on a set of design parameters and available machine tools, writing by hand individual programs applying G&M codes, loading their programs into the control center of our Okuma M560V mill, suitably adjusting their programs via the control center to achieve a working simulation, suitably holding and referencing their work pieces, and finally, machining their parts. Furthermore, students inspected their parts against their designs using our optical comparator and portable arm CMM, in addition to employing Vernier calipers and micrometers.  Finally, the students generated inspection reports to accompany their machined parts.

As indicated in the above images, the projects demonstate a high degree of creativity and learned expertise, which is due to their hard work and the excellent instruction the students received from Richard High of Lockheed Martin, the course developer and instructor. In addition, Jason Butler, our AMSI Laboratory Coordinator, was instrumental in our students' success, due to his expertise and his high degree of engagement with the students in the Hartwig Lab.


Formed in 2013, the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association (CAMA) is the first and only statewide, member-based, trade association exclusively dedicated to advancing manufacturing in Colorado by helping its members stay competitive, build prosperous relationships, stay informed, save time and money, grow their workforce, and advance their business through education, connections, and strategic resources exclusive to CAMA members.




Women in Manufacturing

Women in Manufacturing® (WiM) is the only national trade association dedicated to providing year-round support to women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry. At present, more than 5,800 individual members representing nearly 1,000 manufacturing companies have joined our growing ranks of industry professionals. WiM encompasses manufacturers of all types and welcomes individuals from every job function – from production to the C-Suite. Membership is available to women and men working within the manufacturing sector.

A student membership is $35 annually.



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