America Makes Announces Second Project Call Awardees

Fifteen projects have been awarded funding as well as matching cost-share aid.

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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