Ames, IA — Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) formally opened its new Digital Manufacturing Lab powered by Alliant Energy in a September 26 ribbon cutting.

Representatives from CIRAS, Alliant Energy, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) were joined by Iowa State University and Ames leaders for opening remarks and a tour.

“We’re here to celebrate something pretty cool,” said Joel Schmidt, vice president of business development for Alliant Energy. “It’s more than a lab run by great minds with some really cool machines. We’re celebrating a great partnership that we know will leave a lasting impression on the future of this state.”

The Digital Manufacturing Lab, made possible by generous support from Alliant Energy and the IEDA, is intended to be a place where Iowa manufacturers can experiment with cutting-edge technologies in a risk-free environment. CIRAS intends to educate Iowa businesses about technologies such as collaborative robots, 3D scanners, and advanced vision systems and to help them explore ways that automation might improve their companies.

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