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The Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) will install a cutter and laser ply layup system from Gerber Technology and its subsidiary, Virtek Vision, in its Composite Prototyping Center (CPC). The systems will be available to manufacturers to develop prototype products containing composite materials.
The CPC, scheduled to open in April, will serve as a resource for manufacturers seeking entry into the growing composites market by offering prototype manufacturing and test capabilities. The center will also offer educational courses to support workforce training and retraining of displaced workers seeking new high-tech careers. Nationally-recognized research universities will have access to CPC’s state-of-the-art facility to complement their engineering students’ composite education. LIFT is also collaborating with local community colleges to develop a certificate course for composite technicians. The center will house a GERBERcutter DCS 2500 computer-controlled, static cutting system that ensures composite plies are always cut precisely and a Virtek LaserEdge system which projects a laser template onto molds and parts to guide operators through the ply layup process without using templates. By eliminating the use of physical templates, productivity of the layup process improves significantly.LIFT is applying a capital grant from the state of New York to renovate a 25,000-square-foot building and purchase state-of-the-art equipment. This facility is strategically located in Plainview N.Y. just off interstate 495. More information: www.gerbertechnology.com