The Arizona desert is home to several aircraft graveyards. Planes that are no longer in circulation are left abandoned there. The Applied Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hoping to give these planes a second chance by recycling their aluminum alloys (principally the high-end AA7075).
Representatives from GE and the University of Illinois gathered Thursday for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the installation of the Concept Laser Mlab 100R direct metal laser melting (DMLM) additive manufacturing system.
The UI announced the first nine recipients Wednesday, saying they represent the kind of work the Chicago-based research institute wants to focus on — solutions to "grand challenges" in areas such as the environment and health, quantum computing, education and urban resilience.