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Center for Advanced Cutting Tool Technology

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Industry/University Collaborative Research Center for Advanced Cutting Tool Technology (ACT2)  (Michigan State University)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Center for Advanced Cutting Tool Technology, an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), focuses on research in advanced tool materials, machines, and cutting processes to improve productivity and meet the changing needs of machining industries. The center is addressing challenges such as productivity-based predictive modeling, new tool alloys, Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL), dry machining, and wear mechanisms.

NSF's I/UCRC program is effecting positive change in the performance capacity of the U.S. industrial enterprise.  The centers feature high-quality, industrially relevant fundamental research, strong industrial support and collaboration in research and education, and direct transfer of research results to U.S. industry, improving its competitive posture in world markets. With industrial and other support totaling 10-15 times the NSF investment, I/UCRCs are a premier example of how to leverage federal funding to synergize the research and development process.

Education & Outreach

An I/UCRC not only contributes to the nation's research infrastructure base; it also enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education. The program leverages NSF funding with industry resources to support graduate students performing industrially relevant and interdisciplinary research. The Center for Advanced Cutting Tool Technology strives to recruit a diverse engineering workforce by encouraging the participation of students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged groups.

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