Foundry 4.0 Center

The Foundry 4.0 Center is located off campus at the TechWorks Campus in Waterloo, Iowa. At this facility, new technologies are being explored to understand their feasibility in the foundry industry.

Students cleaning cores.

Industry Service

With unmatched expertise and equipment, we have the capability to use special materials and/or processes that aren’t yet commercially available to provide molds and cores to companies.  

We work with larger companies and industry associations for the acceptance and adoption of technology and then have the opportunity to move this technology down to smaller companies involved in the supply chain. 

Two students working at Foundry 4.0.

Industry 4.0 Foundry Partnership

Foundries across the nation are under constant pressure to improve processes and overcome the challenges of this segment. The demands for accuracy and precision, as well as notable increases in the quantities, product range and components, will continue to rise. 

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), acknowledge the situation and recognize the challenges and obstacles. By joining forces with two universities, the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and Youngstown State University (YSU), foundries are working to increase the adoption of Industry 4.0.

Student working with a machine at Foundry 4.0.