Advanced Casting Research Center

The Advanced Casting Research Center is one of the largest industry-university consortia in North America dedicated to collaborative research in metal processing and manufacturing. Our focus is metal casting and digital manufacturing. We bring fundamental understanding to existing processes, develop new methods, new alloys, and address management-technology interface issues with our industrial partners. ACRC serves the global foundry industry as its educational and research home.

 

NEXT MEETING

June 2, 3 & 4, 2021

Join us for our next meeting, which promises to be an engaging, virtual exchange. The agenda includes research updates, a keynote speaker and a fun social hour. Open to all members and registered guests. Interested but not a member? Please contact Diran Apelian dapelian@uci.edu

ACRC’s New Lab Finishes Completion

The relocation of ACRC to UCI came with several nuggets, one of them being a new laboratory. ACRC’s new facility was designed by Gensler architects and constructed by CDG contractors. The lab houses:

· state-of-the-art foundry designed by Inductotherm
· vaccuum arc melting and atomization facility
· high-end 450Kv CT scanner
· complete Spectro center of excellence with four instruments
· Buehler center of excellence for metallography
· Olympus microscopy center with laser confocal microscopy
· complete mechanical testing lab furnished by Instron
· heat treating furnaces
· WAAM machine

Equipment is being installed and targeted for full operation by end of June 2021.

The images below show the progress of the lab during construction. The top image features the completed lab. We are looking forward to giving tours soon!