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Eaton Awarded U.S. Department of Defense Grant to Investigate Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Materials for Corps of Engineers Maintenance and Repair With the University of Toledo

CLEVELAND, Nov. 19, 2021 – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Energy management company Eaton, in partnership with the University of Toledo, announced today that it is from the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC).

As part of this program, Eaton and the University of Toledo will evaluate the use of large format additive manufacturing machines and advanced materials to print high-strength parts to replace damaged Corps of Engineers components faster.

Eaton’s successful growth in additive manufacturing and multifunctional composites takes advantage of the program and focuses on:

  • Large-format metal additive manufacturing

  • Additive manufacturing of molds with large format polymer printing and conductive polymers

  • Embedded sensors for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.

In addition, the University of Toledo will use its Polymer Institute; Center for material and sensor characterization; Failure, fracture and fatigue laboratory; and laboratory for micro / nanomechanics.

“The technology and data generated through this program will be the building blocks for future repair and replacement strategies that combine materials databases, manufacturing simulations and field data,” said Bryan Farrens, senior manager, Government Programs, Eaton .

A key program supporter, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, said, “The US Army federal grant demonstrates the importance of innovation and expertise in northern Ohio in advancing next-generation technologies for the resilience of American infrastructure. Eaton works across the country and the University of Toledo in crucial, groundbreaking work for the future of our nation. “

“As the Corps and the nation address the great challenge of aging infrastructure, the new materials, manufacturing processes, and health surveillance technologies developed as part of this effort will help modernize our infrastructure for improved reliability and resilience,” said Dr. Robert D. Moser, ERDC senior scientific technical manager.

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Eaton opened its Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Southfield, Michigan in 2016. Since then, the company has worked with several commercial and defense customers to provide cutting edge manufacturing technologies in 3D printing for metal and non-metal applications.

ERDC, a diverse research organization with approximately 2,100 employees, is headquartered in Vicksburg, Mississippi. It consists of seven laboratories: The laboratories for coastal and hydraulic engineering, environment, geotechnical engineering as well as structures and information are located in Vicksburg. Remaining locations include the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, Illinois, the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, New Hampshire, and the Geospatial Research Laboratory in Alexandria, Virginia. Its annual program exceeds $ 1 billion as it assists the Department of Defense and other agencies with military and civil projects. More information is available at

Eaton’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. We offer sustainable solutions that help our customers manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical energy more effectively – more safely, more efficiently and more reliably. Eaton had sales of $ 17.9 billion in 2020 and we sell products to customers in more than 175 countries. We have around 85,000 employees. More information is available at

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