New MITRE Advanced Manufacturing Lab Delivers Innovative Design Capabilities
At the ceremonial ribbon cutting for MITRE's Advanced Manufacturing Lab: (L to R) Moise Solomon, director, Electronic Systems Innovation Center, MITRE; Mike Kennealy, secretary, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Massachusetts; Kathleen Federico, senior vice president, chief people and corporate strategy officer, MITRE; Christine Nolan, director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Massachusetts Technology Collaborative; Carlo Canetta, advanced manufacturing lead, MITRE.
Bedford, Mass. and McLean, Va., Jan. 11, 2022—MITRE today unveiled a new Advanced Manufacturing Lab that will deliver new capabilities to prototype, build, and deliver innovative solutions for hard problems facing the nation in partnership with industry and academia.
The 2,600-square-foot lab in Bedford, Mass., features high-end 3D printers, metallic 3D printers, and precision tooling, and serves as MITRE’s national hub for advanced manufacturing innovation. The new lab enables expert application of advanced manufacturing technologies across all facets of hardware development, from concept, to prototype demonstration, to end-use.
“The Advanced Manufacturing Lab is a tremendous resource as we continue to push for impactful solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges,” said Douglas Robbins, vice president, engineering and prototyping, MITRE Labs. “MITRE is a bridge between industry, academia, and government, and the new lab provides an excellent opportunity to accelerate the applications of key capabilities like advanced manufacturing.”
Applying novel designs, techniques, and materials, the MITRE Advanced Manufacturing Lab focuses on design optimization, novel sensors, cyber-physical security, and innovation through rapid prototyping.
“MITRE’s new Advanced Manufacturing Lab is a welcome addition to the Commonwealth’s innovation ecosystem, and I look forward to this facility playing a key role in unlocking the industry’s tremendous potential,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy.
“As we continue our efforts to train a skilled workforce and build on the successful partnerships that support growth in this important industry, this lab will help ensure Massachusetts remains a place where advanced manufacturing can continue to expand and thrive.”
“MITRE has been a strong partner to the Massachusetts manufacturing community and to national issues that are critical to U.S. manufacturing,” said Christine Nolan, director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at the MassTech Collaborative, a state economic development agency. “This new lab will further strengthen our roster of manufacturing-focused R&D centers in the Commonwealth, providing thought leadership and support to our innovative manufacturers.”
MITRE’s prior achievements in advanced manufacturing and 3D printing include the development of the FUSE antenna, a new class of wideband phased array antennas, and an innovation that was named an R&D 100 winner. The FUSE antenna costs less to produce and improves performance over comparable technologies by leveraging a novel design and advanced manufacturing technologies.
The lab also benefits MITRE’s partnerships with academic institutions and industry partners and is one of MITRE’s recent investments in lab infrastructure. Last year, MITRE announced the MITRE BlueTech Lab, a national resource for maritime technology innovation.
MITRE’s mission-driven teams are dedicated to solving problems for a safer world. Through our public-private partnerships and federally funded R&D centers, we work across government and in partnership with industry to tackle challenges to the safety, stability, and well-being of our nation.
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