America Makes Announces New Rapid Innovation Call Totaling $185K in Funding

February 09, 2021 | Categories: America Makes News

RIC Focuses on Three Technical Topics to Advance Qualification and Certification of Additive Manufactured Products

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO. America Makes announces a new Rapid Innovation Call (RIC) worth $185K in total funding from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Technology Division, to advance qualification and certification (Q&C) of additive manufacturing (AM) materials, processes, and products throughout the supply chain.

“We have been encouraging our membership community to submit topic ideas for subsequent RICs,” said Brandon D. Ribic, Ph.D., America Makes Technology Director. “We received tremendous support evidence by the high number of quality suggestions. While today’s RIC announcement encompasses three topics with unique technical focuses, they share a unified goal of advancing qualification and certification as a means to removing a recognized industry barrier to the broader adoption of additive manufacturing technologies.”

This RIC will address the needs of the membership in three topic domains:

Topic 1: Characterization of Metal AM Process Surface Features

The technical focus of this project is the development and demonstration of in-situ process monitoring for metal AM surface features. The goal is to expand the industry understanding of metal AM and establish a quantitative data set to refine best practices, which will subsequently contribute to Q&C standards. As this is a Member Driven RIC, there is no cost share requirement for this project call.

Topic 2: AM Part Families for Product Qualification & Certification (Q&C)

The technical focus is to leverage existing AM data to create AM part families to increase the amount validated AM data within the public domain and develop Q&C standards. The goal is to drive broader adoption of AM in such specific industries as aerospace, medical, and aviation where Q&C of AM parts is critically needed. As this is a Government Driven RIC, this call has a cost share requirement of 25 percent.

Topic 3: Development of Test Artifacts for the Characterization of AM In-situ Process Monitoring Systems

The technical focus of this project is to use test artifacts or geometric feature sets to evaluate the performance of in-situ process monitoring in metals-based AM commercial systems. The goal is to increase AM fabrication and AM parts quality in real-time instead of quality analysis after fabrication. As this is a Government Driven RIC, this call has a cost share requirement of 25 percent.

***RIC Timeline and Details***

Launch: February 9, 2021

Eligibility: All participants (lead and sub proposers) must be America Makes members.

Informational Webinar: February 18, 2021 at 2 p.m. EST. Registration is required. Due to the Presidents’ Day Holiday on February 15, we have moved the Webinar to Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 2pm ET.

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021 before 5 p.m. EST

Anticipated Award(s) Announcement: March 15, 2021

  • One award per topic is anticipated: Topic 1 $50K, Topic 2 $75K, and Topic 3 $60K

More information, details and participant guidelines for the RIC can be found at America Makes members and government stakeholders are also encouraged to submit topic(s) for future RICs. As funding becomes available, America Makes will be announcing additional RICs.


About America Makes

America Makes is the nation’s leading public-private partnership for additive manufacturing (AM) technology and education. America Makes members from industry, academia, government, workforce and economic development organizations, work together to accelerate the adoption of AM and the nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Founded in 2012 as the Department of Defense’s national manufacturing innovation institute for AM and first of the Manufacturing USA network, America Makes is based in Youngstown, Ohio and managed by the not-for-profit National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). Visit to learn more.

About Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

AFRL leads the discovery, development, and delivery of warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. AFRL is headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, home to the Wright brothers and recognized as the birthplace of aviation. AFRL is comprised of Technology Directorates, Functional Directorates, 711th Human Performance Wing and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. For more information about AFRL, visit