DETROIT – A webinar series featuring small companies and the innovations they are working on related to lightweighting and manufacturing kicks off Aug. 17 and then the third Thursday after that throughout the fall.

The “LIFT Off” webinar series is presented by Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center.

LIFT Off will feature a different small or medium-sized manufacturer and the newest technologies being developed to advanced lightweighting or manufacturing processes. The webinars are designed to showcase valuable innovations that can positively impact lightweight manufacturing, design and implementation.

“These are people who have a great idea and have taken the risk to begin their own business because they believe so passionately in what they are doing and the difference it will make,” said Larry Brown, executive director, LIFT.

The speakers and topics scheduled to-date are:

  • August 17: Multi-Material Riveting – Dan Radomski, Optimal Inc.
  • September 21: Breakthroughs in Low-Cost ADHSS Heat Treating – Gary Cola, Flash Bainite
  • October 19: Lightweight Metals Enabling Software – Ravi Kunju, Altair

Future webinars will cover topics such as Multi-Material Friction Stir Welding, Cryogenic Machining, Morphing Software, Smart Virtual Prototyping, and Lightweight Metallurgy.

“Our goal is to give these innovators a platform to share their work with the rest of the industry and showcase some of the breakthroughs taking place at small companies,” said Gregg Peterson, The Center’s Principle Materials Engineer who works on-site at LIFT’s Detroit headquarters as part of a pilot program to propel the use of lightweight materials in manufacturing.

Manufacturing industry members, small company innovators and all others interested in lightweighting technology and innovation are welcome to join the webinars.

For more information on the webinars and LIFT’s technology work, please visit