About LIFT

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 here


Staying Current with LIFT:

October 16th - LIFT will once again be offering the opportunity for U.S. manufacturers and other organizations to submit project ideas for funding through its Fast Forge program.

The “Fast Forge” program is designed to solicit exciting new project ideas connecting materials, processes and systems and develop those ideas on a shorter timeline.

Project ideas should align with LIFT’s main technology focus areas of:

  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) and Computational Engineering;

  • Advanced Alloy and Process Development;

  • Multi-Material Joining, and;

  • Applications of Additive, Metamorphic and Future Manufacturing.

Read more as well as obtain and submit your application by November 6th, 2020 here

August 21st - LIFT, announced today that it has expanded its Detroit team by hiring Addie Stone-Richards as the institute’s Director of Member Engagement.

In this role, Stone-Richards will work with LIFT members to help them utilize the institute’s ecosystem to further develop, optimize and commercialize their innovations. She will also ensure that each LIFT industry member maximizes their membership benefits by keeping members closely connected to LIFT’s in-house experts and facilitating the activation of LIFT’s core offerings: trusted advisorship, convening, connecting, technology acceleration, technology showcasing, and training and workforce development.

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July 31st - LIFT, the Detroit-based Department of Defense-supported national manufacturing innovation institute announced this week that global management consulting firm Kearney has joined the institute as a platinum member and is supporting the institute’s objectives to create a national showcase for future manufacturing in Detroit.

Kearney is helping to inform LIFT on the latest technologies and to build a national showcase at its facility. As part of that national showcase, Kearney will be placing its Digital Model Factory in the LIFT facility to demonstrate the “art of the possible” in future manufacturing. The model factory is expected to be fully launched at LIFT before the end of the year.

Read more here

July 17th - LIFT, announced that it has signed an agreement with the United States Army to develop new technology programs to support initiatives relevant to the U.S. military. 

The Other Transactional Agreement (OTA) between LIFT and the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicle Systems Center (CCDC GVSC), located at Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Michigan, allows LIFT to deliver new technologies over the next five years. LIFT CEO and Executive Director Nigel Francis suggested, “Our core mission as an institute is to develop technologies to enhance the effectiveness and better protect the warfighter, and this agreement gives us the opportunity to continue that mission for years,”

Read more about the agreement here

July 3rd - LIFT, is ensuring Students still have a chance to continue their education and is directly working to enhance the distance learning offerings to Detroit, Michigan area Students. LIFT, in support of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, are distributing three differing kits to local students, keeping them learning and engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities as schools remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more about this initiative here