Advanced Manufacturing Accelerator

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DVIRC and its partners have put in place the capacity to help manufacturers innovate by making it easier and quicker to learn about, assess and when appropriate, invest in specific advanced manufacturing technologies. The Advanced Manufacturing Accelerator assists regional manufacturers by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to capture the value of advanced manufacturing and achieve profitable growth through new products, processes, services, markets, and customers.

The Accelerator offers companies three ways to connect:

1. Immersion Courses

Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) and Composites Technology Track

The Technology Immersion course will introduce participants to the principles and practices of modern manufacturing methods focusing on composite materials and 3D printing technologies. In both tracks, participants will also be introduced to materials selection methodologies associated with these technology areas.

Curriculum Overview and Description
The Technology Immersion courses are three-day programs that provide intensive hands-on work and instruction in a technology lab setting where participants will be immersed into the technology and potential real world applications in modern advanced manufacturing.

The Technology Immersion Course offers two tracks: 3D Printing or Composites Technology.

The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Immersion Courses are funded by a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration and in cooperation with our Advanced Manufacturing Accelerator Partners.

Composites Technology Track

The composite materials track will provide an introduction to composite materials and composite processing techniques, followed by a survey of composite part design and composite applications. Each day will be divided into classroom sessions and laboratory session.

During the laboratory sessions, participants will design a part with composite software, make the part and then test the part and verify that the part meets the design specifications.

All courses will be taught by University of Delaware Composite Center Staff.

Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Track

The additive manufacturing track will provide an introduction to additive processes and additive manufacturing techniques, followed by a survey of part design, applications and equipment for additive manufacturing. Each day will be divided into classroom sessions and laboratory session.

During the laboratory sessions, participants will design a part using CAD software, make the part and test a prototype part using additive manufacturing equipment.

All courses will be taught by Dr. Evan Malone, Ph.D., President of NextFab and his team of instructors.

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2. Awareness Seminars

Two-hour, interactive breakfast seminars which expose manufacturers to the fundamentals, applications, and opportunities through advanced manufacturing. Seminars include trends and forecasts on evolving industry use. Current offerings include:

  • Introduction to 3D Printing
  • Profitable Business Growth through Innovation
  • Introduction to Composites Manufacturing

3. Direct Client Services

Technical and business expertise focused specifically on accelerating the profitable growth in business value through:

  • Commercialization of new products & services
  • Adoption and integration of new technology for new processes and new products
  • New market development & customer acquisition
  • Expansion into existing markets

For more information on the Advanced Manufacturing Accelerator contact Dr. John LaFemina, Director, Client Technical Services at or call 215-552-3800.


Accelerator Partners:

DVIRC Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Consortium
Prism Engineering NextFab Studio Paramount Industries
Penn State University Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation Philadelphia University
Philadelphia Works Select Greater Philadelphia Triumph Engineering

Sponsored in part with funding from:

Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Department of Energy (DOE)
National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Employment & Training Administration (ETA)