America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, has announced the winners of its second call for additive manufacturing (AM) applied research and development projects. The organization will provide $9 million in funding toward these projects along with $10.3 million in matching cost-share from the awarded project teams, for total funding of $19.3 million.
The Institute's second project call, which was released on August 30, 2013, focused on five technical topic areas: design for AM, AM materials, process and equipment, qualification and certification, and knowledgebase development. Fifteen projects were selected as awardees, pending finalization:
- "In-Process Quality Assurance for Laser Powder Bed Production of Aerospace Components" led by General Electric Aviation
- "Developing Topology Optimization Tools that Enable Efficient Design of AM Cellular Structures" led by the University of Pittsburgh
- "AM of Biomedical Devices from Bioresorbable Metallic Alloys for Medical Applications" led by the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh
- "Refining Microstructure of AM Materials to Improve Non-Destructive Inspection” led by EWI
- "Development of Distortion Prediction and Compensation Methods for Metal Powder-Bed AM" led by GE Global Research
- "Development of a Low-Cost 'Lens Engine'" led by Optomec
- "Development of Knowledgebase of Deposition Parameters for Ti-6Al-4V and IN718" led by Optomec
- "Automatic Finishing of Metal AM Parts to Achieve Required Tolerances and Surface Finishes" led by North Carolina State University
- "Electron Beam Melted Ti-6Al-4V AM Demonstration and Allowables Development" led by Northrop Grumman
- "3D Printing Multi-Functionality: AM for Aerospace Applications” led by the University of Texas – El Paso
- "Metal Alloys and Novel Ultra-Low-Cost 3D Weld Printing Platform for Rapid Prototyping and Production" led by Michigan Technological University
- "Accelerated Adoption of AM Technology in the American Foundry Industry" led by the Youngstown Business Incubator
- "A Database Relating Powder Properties to Process Outcomes for Direct Metal AM" led by Carnegie Mellon University
- “High-Throughput Functional Material Deposition Using a Laser Hot Wire Process" led by Case Western Reserve University
- "Optimization of Parallel Consolidation Method for Industrial Additive Manufacturing" led by Stony Creek Labs
The projects are expected to begin in early spring of this year.
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