LIFT, established under the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) by the U.S. Department of Defense, focuses on developing and deploying advanced lightweight materials manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training programs to prepare the workforce. LIFT’s technical approach focuses on six pillars of technology: (1) Melt processing; (2) Powder processing; (3) Themo-mechanical processing; (4) Novel/Agile processing; (5) Coatings; (6) Joining and assembly. For more information on membership, please visit