Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Network Hub at TechWorks
Iowa Innovation Corporation vision for the Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Network Hub (IAMNH) includes a proposed location at the TechWorks Campus in Waterloo.
TechWorks and the University of Northern Iowa have developed a partnership to execute a key initiative to grow prosperity through expansion of additive manufacturing technologies and launching the Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Network Hub.
Resources to be offered to Iowa small & medium size manufacturers could include:
- An industrial business incubator
- Business acceleration services
- Modeling and simulation
- Industrial laboratories
- State of the art production equipment
- Process improvement
- Access to Iowa's top industrial innovation work and talent from our universities and community colleges
- Access to National Advanced Manufacturing Centers
TechWorks will partner with the Iowa Innovation Corporation to establish and house the Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Network Hub (IAMNH) in the Tech 1 building on the TechWorks Campus.
Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Workgroup (AM Workgroup)
Co-chaired by Sarah McDonald Hasken, Vice President, A.Y. McDonald MFG. Co., and Glenn Baker, Director Global Manufacturing and Enterprise Services, John Deere, the Iowa Innovation Council (which helps sets the direction for the Iowa Innovation Corporation) formed this core group of Iowa's manufacturing sector with the task of setting the direction for the IAMC.
The AM Workgroup comprises leaders from all types of advanced manufacturing in the state of Iowa and also includes representatives of the regent universities, community colleges, state government, engineering, business associations and economic development leaders. David Takes, President of Doerfer; Marvin Schumacher, President of Schumacher Elevator; Metal Casting Center Director Jerry Thiel; Linda Allen, President of Hawkeye Community College and TechWorks representatives Cary Darrah, Wes James, and Steve Dust are participants of the AM Workgroup from the Cedar Valley.
The goals of Phase I :
- Expand additive manufacturing beyond the national expertise in sand mold printing to other materials such as metals, plastics, resins, and ceramics.
- Provide a basic design lab and virtualization component that will introduce to manufacturers and students the necessary design software, skills to develop products, and prepare CAD documents for 3D printing.
- Utilize existing resources of TechWorks, which include shop space, office support space, maker space, and meeting/networking space.