Texas legislature gives $10 million boost to CAAAM

CAAAM lab

Imagine transforming manufacturing technologies to better develop complex 3-D objects to create viable market-based solutions that impact almost every industry from operating rooms to oil fields — all while producing practically zero waste and cost savings that give Texas’ companies an advantage.

That’s exactly what UNT’s Center for Agile and Adaptive Additive Manufacturing intends to do with $10 million in funding awarded by the 86th Texas Legislature.

UNT will establish a Texas-based prototype center that could globally transform the future of advanced manufacturing. Research conducted at the center will lead to smart materials and environmentally friendly technologies while helping Texas develop a highly skilled workforce of engineers. Learn more.

Improving life support for astronauts in space

NASA X-hab challenge

A UNT College of Engineering team was one of 11 teams selected nationwide for a new NASA X-Hab challenge aimed at improving life support for astronauts in space.

Engineering Technology Associate Professor Huseyin Bostanci and his undergraduate team’s challenge will be to design, build, and characterize a functional prototype of a microgravity gas-liquid separator for an air revitalization system. In other words, the team is looking at ways to better remove carbon dioxide from manned space vehicles and habitats, ultimately ensuring the availability of oxygen. The project will build upon a number of existing carbon dioxide removal systems but will replace gravity-dependent tanks used for the gas-liquid separation and storage with vortex style separators, allowing the new design to be non-gravity-dependent. Learn more.

State Department grant creates new partnership

New partnership with Mexico

A public-private partnership is helping UNT engineering graduate students hone their skills in additive manufacturing, a rapidly developing technology that builds 3D objects through the successive layering of materials.  

The U.S. Department of State and Partners of the Americas recently announced UNT’s College of Engineering as a winner of its latest 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant competition. 

The $24,996 in funding allows UNT and two institutions in Mexico – the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and CIDESI, or the Center for Engineering and Industrial Development – to start a study abroad course that develops students’ skills in additive manufacturing. Learn more.