The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, have announced the winners of the $5.75 million Proliferation of Additively Manufactured (AM) Material Datasets, funded by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering Manufacturing Technology Office (OSD(R&E)) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
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Recognising the opportunity of expansive material utilisation beyond Ti-6Al-4V, the objective of the Proliferation of AM Materials Datasets project aims to rapidly increase the number and type of pedigreed, statistically based, and industrially relevant AM material datasets. Award recipients are required to collaborate with small businesses to bolster applicable learnings, best practices, and data to benefit and address the needs of the broader AM supply chain.
“The awardees will be advancing our domestic manufacturing capability with the development and delivery of these material datasets. Aluminium and nickel-based alloys are pivotal in lightweight design and elevated temperature applications across the aerospace, automotive, defence, and energy sectors,” stated Brandon Ribic, Technology Director at America Makes. “The rigor necessary to generate such pedigreed, statistically based material data is incredibly demanding. The outcomes of these efforts will be a substantial contribution to the AM design community. Furthermore, such collaborations are a tremendous benefit to small and medium-sized organisations as they drastically improve our knowledge base, domestic manufacturing competency, and can significantly reduce barriers to entry. We are so thrilled for this opportunity for collective learning and to serve the nation’s supply chain agility and resiliency needs.”
The award winners and related topic areas are as follows:
Topic 1: Aluminium Alloy Material Dataset
- Title: Generation of Design Allowable Datasets for A7050-Ram Based on MMPDS C/D- Basis Guidelines
- Team Lead: Elementum 3D, Inc.
- Project Team: Battelle, Castheon, Inc., Dyndrite Corporation, Eaton Corporation, EOS North America, Incodema, Inc., National Institute for Aviation Research, Product Evaluation Systems, Inc., The Ohio State University Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, Westmoreland Mechanical Testing and Research
Topic 2: High-Temperature Nickel-Based Superalloys
- Title: Proliferation of Nickel Superalloy Material Datasets for Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing
- Team Lead: Electric Power Research Institute
- Project Team: Alloyed, Inc., Citrine Informatics, Product Evaluation Systems, Siemens Energy, Inc., The Boeing Company, The Barnes Global Advisors