National Center for Advanced Manufacturing New Orleans, LA
The National Center for Advanced Manufacturing is destined to play a major role in NASA's Constellation program - returning astronauts to the Moon and beyond. But officials from NCAM want to also make the center available to other manufacturers. Already at least one shipbuilder has opted to take advantage of the technological capabilities of the facility run by the University of New Orleans.
Focus: aerospace and other manufacturing
Physical location/address: 13800 Old Gentilly Rd., Building 420, New Orleans, LA 70129
Overview: NCAM is a governmental and academic partnership located at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility that promotes the use of advanced manufacturing technologies and research for industrial applications. A major focus of NCAM is providing advanced manufacturing capabilities, research and technology development in support of NASA’s Constellation program.
Facilities/equipment: Friction Stir Welding Machine, called the Universal Weld System, which uses a solid-state metal joining process producing high strength, defect-free joints in metallic materials; Advanced Fiber Placement Machine #1, used for the manufacture of large-scale complex- shaped components and structures composed of composite materials; Advanced Fiber Placement Machine #2, used for the manufacture of small to medium-scale complex-shaped composite components and structures; Non-Destructive Evaluation Syste, which applies non-destructive evaluation techniques in the testing of composite materials by employing a twin 5-axis traveling column configuration and multiple inspection system capabilities; Gantry Machining Center, which is a 5-axis, high-speed machining system able to machine complex items using multi-axis capability. This technology is capable of machining both composite and metal materials using a 24,000 rpm, 60 hp cutting spindle; Autoclave, which applies heat and pressure in a controlled environment, providing the conditions needed to manufacture many of today’s space-age composite materials.
Research site/business development contact: Bruce Brailsford, executive director