Michigan State University (MSU) is working to establish an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Advanced Cutting Tool Technology. The main goal of the center is to develop the scientific methods in dealing with cutting tools, machine tools, and machining processes as a whole so that advanced tool material systems, machines, and cutting process technologies can be developed for new challenges facing machining industries such as productivity-based predictive modeling, new tool alloys such as compacted graphite iron and titanium alloys, Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL), dry machining, fast tool servo, and micro machining systems through industry-related research.
The faculty member involved in establishing the Center for Advanced Cutting Tool Technology is Patrick Kwon at MSU, a professor of Mechanical Engineering. His area of expertise is tribology related to wear-resistant coating of cutting tools and machining process. He has developed an insightful understanding behind the wear process, which is essential in developing advanced cutting tools.