Delta Air Lines officially opened its new Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Facility in the Global Innovation Center in Tech Square on July 19.
“We’re really excited about the partnership with Delta,” said Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson. “This facility is a little different. Our students, faculty, staff and researchers will be able to develop products, and it provides Delta an opportunity to collaborate with its partners.”
The Delta Air Lines Foundation, a non-profit corporation aimed at enhancing charitable giving in the areas of education, health and wellness, contributed $3 million to the Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Facility (AMPF). Inside of the space are several large-scale machines used to create and test parts for aircraft and cars, including 3D printers and other digital manufacturing machinery, before they reach the commercial manufacturing floor.
“Over the last two years, inspired by insights gained from our close collaboration in manufacturing research with industry partners, faculty members from the schools of Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Interactive Computing came together to define the requirements for a learning and research facility that will provide the foundation for future innovations in digital manufacturing,” said Don McConnell, Georgia Tech’s vice president of Industry Collaboration.
Delta and Georgia Tech plan to use the facility to develop next-generation aerospace technology. The new facility will be a flagship component of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute as a location where early-stage concepts can transition from idea to reality.
The building had been part of the Atlantic Steel plant and before it was converted to house Delta’s AMPF and Boeing’s Manufacturing Development Center, the building had served as a warehouse for Georgia Tech’s Housing department to store and repair furniture for residence halls and on-campus apartments.
“Georgia Tech is a world-class institute, and we’re really blessed to have you in our hometown,” said Gil West, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer for Delta.