America Makes announces $2.1M project call

June 20, 2024

America Makes, Youngstown, Ohio, USA, and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) have announced a new open project call funded through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering Manufacturing Technology Office (OSD(R&E)) worth a total of $2.1 million. The project call consists of six topic areas of focus. Four awards are anticipated for topics 1-5 with the maximum funding request not to exceed $225,000. Two awards are anticipated for topic 6 and must not exceed $600,000.

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Topic areas

Topics 1-5 result from the actions of the Institute and its membership. Topic 6 seeks responses that outline an approach to develop and demonstrate sustainable AM practices and products through design, material selection and development, material handling, and/or recycling.

The topics of the project call are as follows:

  1. In-Situ Dimensional Verification of Increased Complexity AM Parts
  2. In-Process Sensor Calibration, Characterisation Methods, and Operating Limits to Yield Reliable Process Data
  3. Characterising and Correlating Coupon to Part Material Properties
  4. Novel Low Cost, High Productivity Aluminium Manufacturing
  5. High-Fidelity Prediction of Residual Stress Distribution in Laser Powder Bed Fusion
  6. Analysis of AM Sustainability and Environmental Benefits

“We are grateful for the diligent efforts put forth by the America Makes Roadmap Advisory Group and Working Groups to assist in identifying these project call topics that directly address member needs,” stated Dr Brandon Ribic, Technology Director. “Sustainable manufacturing practices offer the potential to enhance the value proposition and extend the design benefits of AM technologies. This project call offers the opportunity to demonstrate efficiency improvements in material, process, and product qualifications while helping to identify and validate lifecycle cost reduction methods that aid the environment.”

A kickoff webinar is scheduled for June 26 at TRX@RAPID + TCT; registration is required. Interested members must submit proposals for any topic by August 16, 2024.

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