For the first time, Wichita State University has commercialized one of its patents.
WSU's National Institute for Aviation Research has agreed to a worldwide license with Manufacturing Technology for a device called the end-effector. WSU will receive royalties based on the technology's success in the marketplace.
The end effector is designed using friction stir welding and can be used with robots, machining centers and specialized equipment to produce lap joints in a single, automated procedure.
David McDonald, WSU's associate provost for research , said that half of the net revenue from the license goes to the researcher and half goes to the university to provide grants for other research projects.