America Makes announces $500k high-velocity AM project call

January 28, 2022

America Makes, Youngstown, Ohio, USA, has announced a new project call with a total of $500,000 available in project funding. The Leveraging Additive for High Velocity Applications (LAVA) project will seek to mitigate variances in Additive Manufacturing high-velocity product development in order to help advance these capabilities within the domestic supply chain.

While progress has been made to demonstrate the role that AM plays in high-velocity systems, opportunities still exist to gain a better understanding and demonstrate improvements. The LAVA project call is intended to act as an opportunity to advance the domestic supply chain’s capabilities by examining potential improvements in this area. America Makes and the Air Force Research Laboratory are seeking responses that develop and demonstrate model-based approaches to mitigate various factors that result in unacceptable variances in final AM product geometry for high-velocity applications.

“We are excited for this opportunity to address these important issues that influence our ability to improve AM product yield.  This is an excellent opportunity to collaborate and learn how model-based methods can promote product conformance,” stated Dr Brand Ribic, Technology Director at America Makes. “The scope of the project call provides our membership a wide range of potential opportunities to evaluate various AM processes and material systems, and we are excited to continue to address the needs of the DoD [US Department of Defence] and the domestic AM supply chain.”

On February 3, America Makes will host an informational webinar, the registration for which is available here. Further information is also available on the organisation’s website. Full project proposal submissions are due by 5:00 PM EST on March 4, 2022.

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