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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 6, 2003
Contact: Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager, 394-6082
AMP Center Open Doors To New Technology
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will host a dedication and public open house for the Advanced Materials Processing Center on Friday, May 9, on campus.
The Advanced Materials Processing (AMP) Center is a unique research laboratory that combines cutting edge equipment and scientific expertise to develop and use 21st Century laser and welding technology to assist the U.S. Army and Department of Defense meet the needs of the military while benefiting the local, regional and national economy.
“The Advanced Materials Processing Center has two unique technologies, found together, nowhere else in this country or the world,” Bill Arbegast, center director, said.
AMP Center researchers focus on two emerging technologies – Laser Powder Deposition and Friction Stir Processing. Both technologies represent revolutionary changes in the way materials and parts are designed and built.
The Laser Powder Deposition technology builds metal parts for virtually any use directly from computer aided drafting files. The equipment sprays powdered aluminum, titanium or other metal onto a work surface while a laser melts the powder along a robotically controlled path into whatever three dimensional form is needed.
The Friction Stir Processing joins metal pieces and parts together in full penetration joints more than one inch thick in a single pass without melting them. Friction Stir Processing produces stronger welds more quickly than conventional
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welding methods. Potential applications of the technology include airplanes with no rivets.
Tech invites the media to attend all the events. Tech invites the public to attend the AMP Center tour.
Noon: Luncheon and dedication program, Surbeck Student Center Ballroom. Speakers include Tech President Dr. Richard Gowen, Gov. Mike Rounds, a representative from the Army Research Laboratory, and others.
1:30 p.m.: Public tours begin, AMP Center, second floor of the Civil/Mechanical Building.
MEDIA NOTE: Tech will have available video footage and still photographs of the equipment operating. The video news release also will contain interviews with AMP Center researchers.
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