Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM)
Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) is a research collaboration between the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, and manufacturing companies worldwide, including Rolls Royce North America. We designed a state-of-the-art facility for manufacturers to collaborate with faculty and students from Virginia’s top research and teaching institutions to perform advanced research in surface engineering and manufacturing systems.
CCAM houses engineering and computational labs, as well as a large high-bay space for prototypical manufacturing processes, including thermal spraying, directed vapor disposition, and multi-axis milling. The facility also includes core laboratories for materials preparation, surface characterization, and computer visualization, as well as conferencing and amenity spaces for CCAM employees and visitors.
By pooling resources of universities and member companies, it offers a new model for accelerating the transitions of research breakthroughs into product development and manufacturing techniques. The founding companies involved with this facility and its initial research operations include Canon Virginia Inc., Chromalloy, Newport News Shipbuilding, Rolls-Royce North America, Sandvik Coromant, and Siemens.