America Makes and NCDMM announce $3.2M AM Process Qualification/Re-Qualification project winners

October 31, 2023

October 31, 2023

The US National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and America Makes have announced the winners of the Demonstration of Novel Methods for Effective AM Process Qualification/Re-Qualification – Delta Qualification directed project call, which is worth $3.2 million. This project is funded by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

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“We are excited to announce and celebrate the winners of this project call,” stated Dr Brandon Ribic, America Makes Technology Director. “Our membership and their collaborative partners consistently impress us with their ability to find dynamic solutions. These cutting-edge industry leaders, researchers, and developers are revolutionising additive technology and propelling it forward as the future of manufacturing. We have full confidence in their ability to devise optimal solutions to overcome the qualification/re-qualification challenges that slow the expansion of this innovative industry.”

The list of award winners is as follows:

Topic 1: Major Delta Qualification Demonstration

  • Project 1: Applying Machining Learning to Enable Effective Additive Manufacturing Process Qualification/Re-Qualification
    • Team Lead: Senvol
    • Project Team: 3Degrees, AoZora Additive, ATI, Battelle, Boeing, Element Materials Technologies, National Institute of Aviation Research (NIAR), and Pilgrim Consulting
  • Project 2: Model Enabled Delta-Qual (MEDEL-QUAL)
    • Team Lead: RTX (Raytheon)
    • Project Team: Collins Aerospace Applied Research & Technology, Colorado School of Mines, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, and Sentient Science Corporation
  • Project 3: Rapid Qualification Pathway for Metal Additive Manufacturing using Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) for Critical Applications
    • Team Lead: EOS
    • Project Team: 3Degrees, AddiGuru, NSL Analytical, and The Ohio State University

Topic 2: Minor Delta Qualification

  • Project 1: Fatigue Allowable Curves and Effects of Texture and Thickness (FACETT)
    • Team Lead: RTX Technology Research Center
    • Project Team: Collins Aerospace Applied Research & Technology, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, Sentient Science Corporation
  • Project 2: Demonstration of Novel Methods for Effective AM Process Qualification/Re-qualification
    • Team Lead: Honeywell Aerospace
    • Project Team: Macy Consulting, Inc.

Topic 3: Red Team

  • Project 1: Thorough Evaluation of AM with Rigorous Expertise and Data
    • Team Lead: The Barnes Global Advisors
    • Project Team: Blue Forge Alliance, Carnegie Mellon University, NASA, and SAE International

The projects are expected to be completed by September 2025, and the data will be made available to America Makes members.

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