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January 29, 2014 | Categories: America Makes News
Youngstown, Ohio – January 21, 2014. America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, is proud to announce the awardees of its second call for additive manufacturing (AM) applied research and development projects from its members. Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), America Makes will provide $9 million in funding toward these projects with $10.3 million in matching cost share from the awarded project teams for total funding worth $19.3 million.
According to America Makes Director and NCDMM Vice President Ed Morris, “We were very pleased by the quality of the projects proposed by our members for this second round of additive manufacturing R&D projects being launched, which of course made the final selection process even more challenging. Combined with the projects underway from our first project call, we will soon have nearly $30 million of public and private funds invested in advancing the state-of-the-art in additive manufacturing in the United States.”
The Institute’s second project call, which was released on August 30, 2013, was focused on five technical topic areas-design for AM; AM materials; process and equipment; qualification and certification; and knowledgebase development-each with subset focus areas. Proposals could address one or more technical topic areas, but had to address all evaluation criteria.
The 15 selected projects span a variety of AM processes and materials with near-term technical achievements that address a comprehensive set of priorities-needs, gaps, and opportunities-within the AM and 3D printing industry. Moreover, these projects represent exceptional teaming within the America Makes community and beyond. Of the 75 individual partners among the 15 selected projects, 31 are America Makes members, including four Platinum (Lead) members, 15 Gold (Full) members; and 12 Silver (Supporting) members.
Subject to the finalization of all contractual details and requirements, the 15 selected America Makes projects are as follows:
“I want to congratulate the America Makes community and our second project call awardees,” said America Makes Founding Director and NCDMM President and Executive Director Ralph Resnick. “I continue to be extraordinarily proud of the strides that America Makes is making to advance additive manufacturing and 3DP technologies. Today’s announcement of the second project call awardees exemplifies how our incredibly innovative and active community-comprising both members and non-members-is working together, sometimes even with competitors, to advance our industry by exploring the limitless possibilities of 3DP. I am very excited for these projects to get underway.”
The anticipated start date of the second set of projects is early Spring 2014.
In addition to today’s project award announcement, America Makes is also announcing that it will conduct a Program Management Review for members only on March 18-20 in Youngstown, Ohio. The review will include overviews of the new projects being awarded.