Unveiling the Winners of America Makes $1.2M Open Project Call


America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) have announced the winners of the $1.2 million Open Project Call.

This project call was funded by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering Manufacturing Technology Office (OSD(R&E)) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Throughout the execution of these projects, regular updates will be provided at America Makes Technical Review and Exchange, highlighting the collaborative commitment to advancing additive manufacturing and fostering innovation within the industry, says the company.

“The continuous progress made in research, development, and implementation of AM innovations in the areas of design, materials, processes, genome, and value chain that result from these funded projects is paramount to our nation’s competitive advantage,” says Brandon Ribic, Technology Director at America Makes.

AM innovations take root with strategic funding

One of the winning projects falls under Topic 1, “Design for Dimensional Inspection of Internal Features via In-Situ Process Monitoring.” Titled “Inspection Using In-Situ Height Mapping Data,” the initiative is led by RTX Technology Research Center (RTRC) in collaboration with Velo3D. The project’s objective is to improve dimensional inspection of internal features by utilizing in-situ height mapping.

Focusing on “Thermal Manipulations for Processing Improvements,” Topic 2 features the project “Fast scanning mirror Wobble Enabled Build Schema (Fast-WEBS)” led by GE Research. Collaborating with Johns Hopkins University, the project aims to explore thermal manipulations for enhancing additive manufacturing processes.

Under Topic 4, addressing “Frameworks for Utilizing Process Monitoring in Conjunction with Ex-Situ Inspection for Qualification,” R3 Digital Sciences takes the lead. The project team, comprising Macy Consulting, The Ohio State University Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, and the University of Louisville Additive Manufacturing Institute of Science & Technology, strives to establish effective frameworks for process monitoring and ex-situ inspection to ensure additive manufacturing qualification.

Finally, Topic 6 highlights the “America Makes Methods and Approaches for Sustainable Operations” project, spearheaded by Deloitte Consulting. The focus of this endeavor is to evolve sustainable methods within additive manufacturing.

“Predictions indicate a rising trend in additive manufacturing (AM) in the impending years, as various conventional manufacturing sectors are projected to transition towards 3D printing for production, owing to its capacity to produce intricate, high-performance components at reduced costs and quicker speeds. The tasks currently being carried out by these award recipients, contributes significantly to the technological evolution set for the future, and can be incorporated across a wide range of sectors, including those still reliant on traditional manufacturing techniques,” Ribic further elaborated.

In 2021 and 2022, America Makes hosted workshops that brought together prominent individuals in the AM industry, as well as Institute members and advisory group members. These workshops initiated the ongoing development of the Additive Manufacturing Technology Roadmap. This roadmap assisted in identifying and developing the thematic areas for the project call.

America Makes is driving the imminent wave of AM growth

Working with NCDMM, America Makes launched two project calls totaling $11.75 million. Funded by the OSD (R&E) and the AFRL, these calls focus on advancing high-temperature metals for additive manufacturing and enhancing additive manufacturing material datasets.

The first call, Powder Alloy Development for Additive Manufacturing (PADAM), with $6 million from AFRL, focused on advancing high-temperature metals for additive manufacturing. The second call, Proliferation of AM Material Datasets, supported by OSD(R&E) and AFRL, aimed to enhance documented AM material datasets, with $5.75 million in funding.

America Makes collaborated with OSD ManTech and Manufacturing Innovation Institutes for the DoD Point of Need Manufacturing challenge project call. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) provided up to $1.5 million for projects aligned with the MII Point of Need Challenge. Managed by America Makes, the initiative focused on dual-use applications for DoD and domestic manufacturing needs.

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