The Manufacturing Engineering Technology program at Pittsburg State University in Kansas is due to receive a 25-ton wax-injection machine, thanks to a donation by MPI Inc. The new machine, described as “state of the art,” will be installed in the metalcasting lab at the Kansas Technology Center.

The new wax injector is the first step in PSU’s effort to establish a Center of Excellence in Metal Casting (CEMC.) The CEMC is seen as a modern laboratory in which metalcasting students, and a “permanent education and training resource” for industry professionals to develop best practices, share knowledge, and promote metalcasting processes.

“The program at Pitt State is excellent and needs the best equipment to aid in training tomorrow’s leaders in investment casting,” according to MPI president Bruce Phipps. “MPI has the best equipment, so when asked if I would contemplate making such a significant donation I considered it my responsibility to the industry.”

According to a University statement, the new equipment “will bring real-world application to the classroom, from tooling design and wax injection right on to final wax assembly.”

The injection press is expected to be ready for operation in late May and available for the university’s summer session.  The new machine will be “fully integrated” into the investment-casting curriculum at Pittsburg State, according to Professor of Engineering Technology Russ Rosmait.