WPI has earned a coveted position as a member of 11 of the 15 Manufacturing USA institutes, with centers that cut across multiple disciplines.
The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, now known as Manufacturing USA, “connects people, ideas, and technology to solve industry-relevant advanced manufacturing challenges. Its goals are to enhance industrial competitiveness, increase economic growth, and strengthen U.S. national security.”
AFFOA transforms traditional fibers, yarns, and textiles into highly sophisticated integrated and networked devices and systems. WPI performs related research and education in component, system, and manufacturing process development in areas including but not limited to photonics, robotics, medical devices and printed electronics. This research enables and/or benefits from the integration of functionality into or onto fibers and textiles.
In partnership with Quinsigamond Community College, WPI is advancing economic development in training and testbed locations through the Advanced Integrated Manufacturing in Photonics Institute. The LEAP @ WPI/QCC supports the integrated photonics manufacturing sector in central Massachusetts through an open-access facility and service center model.
WPI partners with America Makes to advance additive manufacturing technology, education, and workforce development by leveraging expertise in materials processing, additive manufacturing, and feedstock research, covering both solid-state and fusion-based processes.
The university has expertise in a wide range of research areas and technologies relevant to flexible hybrid electronics, including flexible optoelectronic materials and devices.