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Core User Facilities (CUF)

CIMM CUF

The Core User Facilities (CUF) consist of a collection of advanced manufacturing and metrology centers that help forward advanced materials, manufacturing, and research for university researchers and industry. The CUFs comprise an ecosystem of four cost-recovery centers, including the Advanced Manufacturing and Machining Facility (AMMF); the Materials Manufacturing, Testing, and Evaluation Facility (MMTEF); the Shared Instrumentation Facility (SIF); and the Institute for Micromanufacturing (IfM) at LA Tech. The CUF Members participate in and contribute to educational and outreach activities as part of the Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing & Materials (CIMM) Program while supporting fundamental progress in manufacturing and materials research. The CUF provide a lasting and sustainable platform for integration that is accessible to researchers across the state of Louisiana and in industry.

The CUF Mission encompasses the following objectives:

  • Provide access to sustainable, dedicated, state-of-the-art, experimental facilities for research and development in advanced manufacturing.
  • Develop and establish sustainable advanced manufacturing training and education programs based on the CIMM-CUF material and human resources.
  • Continuously incorporate new experimental facilities relevant to advanced manufacturing so as to continuously make the state-of-the-art available to its academic, industrial and government customers.

Advanced Manufacturing and Machining Facility (AMMF)

LSU Advanced Manufacturing and Machining Facility

An 8,000 square-foot facility with a broad range of manufacturing capabilities including additive manufacturing of plastics and metals, multi-axes micro-milling, traditional CNC, injection molding, and robotic welding.

The AMMF is a founding member of the CIMM-CUF. 

AMMF

Materials Manufacturing, Testing, and Evaluation Facility (MMTEF)

LSU MMTEF Mechanical Testing

A 6,000 square-foot facility capable of destructive and non-destructive materials testing and evaluation, thin-film coating manufacturing, micro-/nano manufacturing and metal powder synthesis.

he MMTEF is a founding member of the CIMM-CUF.

MMTEF

         Shared         Instrumentation      Facility (SIF)

LSU Shared Instrumentation Facility

A 3,000 square-foot facility supporting  research in hard, soft and living materials. Capabilities include materials characterization including electron & focused ion-beam microscopy, spectroscopy,  ion-machining, nano-fabrication, and optical microscopy.

The SIF is a founding member of the CIMM-CUF.

SIF

Institute for Micromanufacturing at LA Tech (IfM)

La TECH Institute for Micromanufacturing

A 48,000 square-foot laboratory and a 5,000 square-foot clean room that houses equipment for materials characterization, measurements, nano-fabrication and evaluation, and optical microscopy.

The IfM is a founding member of the CIMM-CUF.

IfM

CIMM-CUF Charter

  

CUF

 Charter of the Louisiana State-Wide Consortium for Innovation in Materials Manufacturing (CIMM) Core User Facilities (CUF)

Charter Document

 

CUF Resources Inventory

Do you need a specific resource or piece of equipment? Click below to access the resource inventory of each CUF constituent.

IFM RESOURCES

AMMF Resources

SIF Resources

MMTEF Resources

 

Core User Facilities (CUF) Staff

Nic Dinecola - AMMF Manager Mark Brennan - MMTEF Manager Clayton Loehn - SIF Manager Dongmei Cao - SIF Electron Microscopy Specialist Ethan Dolan - AMMF Technical Staff Jason Guy - AMMF Micro-Milling and CNC Technical Staff David Burke Ying Xiao Xiaochu Wu Davis Bailey Deb Wood Phil Chapman

CUF STAFF