Year in Review: The top 5 education and manufacturing stories of 2018

KUKA Robots. Photo by Will Crooks.

Clemson gets $3M grant to study simulated factory with Greenville Tech

Photo by Will Crooks.

The National Science Foundation awarded a $3 million grant to Clemson University’s THINKER (Technology- Human INtegrated Knowledge, Education, and Research) Program. Both Clemson graduate students and Greenville Technical College students have the opportunity to work together through a simulated factory. 

Students at Clemson’s International Center for Automotive Research, who previously had a short period to test technology at BMW’s plant, can now better understand how humans can address problems with technology on the assembly line. Greenville Tech’s students are the first to test some of the technology that comes out of CU-ICAR.

CU-ICAR students unveil Deep Orange 9 concept vehicle

The Deep Orange 9 vehicle. Photo provided.

CU-ICAR students in Greenville unveiled their newest concept vehicle — a 600-horsepower rallycross car, the ninth concept vehicle of the Deep Orange program. The program allows select graduate automotive-engineering students to design, build, and test concepts vehicles sponsored by industry partners. The 2018 Deep Orange 9 was sponsored by Honda R&D America Inc. and supported by Aisin Group, JTEKT Corp., BFGoodrich, Red Bull, and the Specialty Equipment Market Association.

Clemson receives $1.8M grant for robotics virtual reality curriculum

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The Department of Defense’s Manufacturing Engineering Education Program awarded Clemson University $1.8 million for the development of virtual reality-based curriculum for robotics courses. Prior, Clemson had virtual reality curriculum only for advanced manufacturing, not for robotics. The new curriculum, called Time for Robotics, allows students to use virtual reality to build and take apart robots.

Clemson partners with Greenville Tech to launch R&D facility for manufacturing students

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Clemson University and Greenville Technical College announced the launch of a 4,000-square-foot Vehicle Assembly Center. The research and development center allows students, faculty, and companies to collaborate in learning and developing advanced manufacturing techniques and technologies. 

Part of CU-ICAR, the center is located in Greenville Tech’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation. Features include a full vehicle-assembly line, joining lab, subassembly lab, embedded devices lab, collaborative robotics center, and autonomous factory vehicles.

KUKA Robotics partners with Greenville Tech

Photo by Will Crooks.

Through a collaboration with KUKA Robotics in 2018, Greenville Technical College received four new, high-tech robots. The college’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation already had some KUKA robots, but the four new robots are larger. 

KUKA’s bright orange industrial robots of varying sizes are in manufacturing plants around the world. As a result of the partnership, KUKA based a trainer at the center to teach clients how to use the robots.


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