America Makes Announces Project Call Worth $2.1M in Funding

June 19, 2024 | Categories: America Makes News, Member News, Project Call, Technology

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – America Makes and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) announced a new open project call funded through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering Manufacturing Technology Office (OSD(R&E)) worth a total of $2.1M. The project call consists of six topic areas of focus. Four awards are anticipated for topics 1-5 with the maximum funding request not to exceed $225K. Two awards are anticipated for topic 6 and must not exceed $600K.

Topic Areas 

Topics 1-5 result from the actions of the Institute and its membership. Additive manufacturing (AM) technologies offer a range of benefits including unique product geometries, relatively fewer tooling requirements, and shorter lead times compared to other manufacturing methods. The industrialization of AM represents an opportunity to convert demonstrated manufacturing capability to capable manufacturing capacity. Industrialization requires cost-effective operating models and practices. These emerging realities require widespread understanding within the domestic supply chain, including manufacturing operational practices that address sustainability and robust quality control.

  1. In-Situ Dimensional Verification of Increased Complexity AM Parts
  2. In-Process Sensor Calibration, Characterization Methods, and Operating Limits to Yield Reliable Process Data
  3. Characterizing and Correlating Coupon to Part Material Properties
  4. Novel Low Cost, High Productivity Aluminum Manufacturing
  5. High-Fidelity Prediction of Residual Stress Distribution in Laser Powder Bed Fusion

Topic 6 seeks responses that outline an approach to develop and demonstrate sustainable AM practices and products through design, material selection and development, material handling, and/or recycling.

  1. Analysis of AM Sustainability and Environmental Benefits

“We are grateful for the diligent efforts put forth by the America Makes Roadmap Advisory Group and Working Groups to assist in identifying these project call topics that directly address member needs,” stated Dr. Brandon Ribic, Technology Director. “Sustainable manufacturing practices offer the potential to enhance the value proposition and extend the design benefits of AM technologies. This project call offers the opportunity to demonstrate efficiency improvements in material, process, and product qualifications while helping to identify and validate lifecycle cost reduction methods that aid the environment.”

Project call timeline:

  • Launch: June 19, 2024
  • Kickoff Webinar: June 26 at TRX@RAPID + TCT (Registration Required)
  • Questions Due from Proposers about Scope or Approach: July 2
  • Membership Eligibility Deadline: August 1
  • Submission Deadline by 5 p.m., ET: August 16 (Topics 1-6)
  • Anticipated Awards Announcement: September 20

Proposers for the project call are advised to reference the RFP for full details and guidelines HERE.