America Makes, Youngstown, Ohio, USA, has announced a new Directed Project Call worth $1 million in total funding from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Technology Division to advance domestic ability to use Additive Manufacturing for the creation of components for aerospace and high-Mach defence applications.
The Maturation of Additive Geometric Management Approaches (MAGMA) for high-Mach applications seeks to improve geometries, thermal management, and producibility of AM components through design innovation using model-based approaches to account for various factors which impede product shape.
“The MAGMA Directed Project Call addresses an inherently complex and ongoing problem that has significant implications for the aerospace and defence sectors,” stated Brandon D Ribic, PhD, America Makes Technology Director. “With this project call, our goal is to gain a better understanding of geometric tolerancing as it relates to thermal management by leveraging model-based technologies to advance designs and demonstrate measurable improvement in the producibility of AM components for high-Mach applications. We highly encourage members to team with a design authority who has a deep understanding of design intent in this area.”
MAGMA aligns to strategic goals that are designed to promote inquiry, knowledge-sharing, and technical advancements across the entire industry. MAGMA also builds upon learnings from previous America Makes project calls, including a 2015 project focused on the use AM for fabricating conformal heat exchangers for propulsion applications.
All participants must be members of America Makes. Further information will be presented October 26 in an informational webinar, for which registration is required. Submission deadline is November 19, 2021. Winners are expected to be announced December 10, 2021.