America Makes Announces OASIS Challenge Winners

August 10, 2021 | Categories: America Makes News

Three Awardees and Two Honorable Mentions Recognized for Developing Open-source Computer Codes and Algorithms to Help Advance Laser-based Powder Bed AM

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO. America Makes, with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and GE Global Research (GEGR), announced the awardees of the Open-source Additive Scanning Implementation Strategy (OASIS) Challenge last week at its annual Technical Review & Exchange (TRX) event. The awards are worth $68K in total funding from AFRL.

The goal of the OASIS Challenge was to develop open-source computer codes and algorithms for optimizing scan strategies as a method for advancing laser-based powder bed additive manufacturing (AM) by improving the structure, surface and geometric properties of components produced by this AM process.

“Continuing the advancement of open-source software and machine platforms for laser-based powder bed additive manufacturing is a priority for our industry and AFRL as the proprietary nature of commercial scan strategies inherently pose difficulties,” said America Makes Executive Director John Wilczynski. “The OASIS Challenge included learnings from three previous America Makes projects that were led by GEGR and built upon them to enable participants to devise innovative strategies, algorithms and methods to further advance this focus area. All the winners of the OASIS Challenge developed new and well-synthesized open-source computer codes for outputting laser scan paths that will be instrumental in creating a body of work to be leveraged industry-wide.”

The following project teams were selected as the OASIS Challenge winners:

  • 1st Place, awarded $26.6K in funding: The Ohio State University (OSU)
  • 2nd Place, awarded $16.6K in funding: OSU
  • 3rd Place, awarded $11.6K in funding: Applied Optimization, Inc.
  • 1st Honorable Mention, awarded $6.6K in funding: OSU
  • 2nd Honorable Mention, awarded $6.6K in funding: OSU

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Oasis WinnersTeam representatives from Ohio State University and Applied Optimization were recognized at last week’s America Makes Technical Review & Exchange event


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

About GE Global Research

GE Global Research is GE’s innovation powerhouse where research meets reality. We are a world-class team of scientific, engineering and marketing minds working at the intersection of physics and markets, physical and digital technologies, and across a broad set of industries to deliver world-changing innovations and capabilities for our customers. To learn more, visit