Kansas State University’s digital manufacturing education and services are getting an upgrade, supported by a $2 million federal grant.
K-State’s Technology Development Institute is among the recipients of the United States Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant. Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), $500 million has been made available to communities across the United States to support economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 and promote the growth of new jobs.
“The Kansas Framework for Growth identifies advanced manufacturing as a target sector, and Kansas’ recent economic development successes reflect the high priority we have placed on expanding manufacturing in the state,” said Lt. Governor and Director of the Department of Commerce, David Toland.
“We are grateful for EDA’s support, which will provide Kansas manufacturers with access to the latest technologies in order to compete and succeed in today’s business environment.”
K-State will match that with $500,000 of its own funds, which university officials say will help purchase equipment and software to improve their ability to develop new digital manufacturing capabilities and train the manpower needed by Kansas industry.
“K-State’s investment in this initiative is part of the overall commitment to K-State’s recently launched Economic Prosperity Plan, which ensures that we provide educational and technical support services to all sectors and regions. of Kansas to improve economic prosperity,” says Rosowski. “We are extremely pleased that the EDA has chosen to support this digital fabrication awareness program which I believe will positively impact all 105 counties in Kansas.”
The Institute for Technology Development is part of the university’s Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, which provides a host of services to researchers and private industry as they explore new products and technologies in the field of digital manufacturing.
TDI Executive Director Jeff Tucker said federal funds will be important in finding new ways to augment existing manufacturing operations and help companies reduce costs as well as increase the resilience of supply chains. ‘supply.
“As part of our day-to-day operations, we are in regular contact with manufacturing companies and are always looking for ways to help them take advantage of cutting-edge technologies to improve their competitiveness in the global marketplace,” says Tucker.
“We see this investment in digital manufacturing, equipment, tools and training by EDA as a critical step to help meet the needs of regional manufacturers struggling to stay competitive in light of all the recent economic challenges. .”