America Makes Announces Three New Project Calls Totaling $4.6 Million in Awards

Jul 25, 2022

These project opportunities address immediate and mid-term needs of the domestic supply chain

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO – America Makes announces three new project calls today which will accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing (AM) and offer a new way for the supply chain to engage in the Institute.  Several actionable focus areas are aligned to each project call, including materials data, process monitoring, data management as well as education and workforce development.

“We are extremely excited about these project calls as they speak to the core of what America Makes does as an Institute – convenes, coordinates, and catalyzes the AM community,” said John Wilczynski, Executive Director of America Makes “We feel that now is a good time to announce these calls to allow our members and stakeholders a chance to build and strengthen their project teams at our Members Meeting and Exchange, which takes place in August.”

“These project calls help America Makes advance our project portfolio in a way that is relevant to additive manufacturers and to AM as a whole,” said Brandon Ribic, Technology Director of America Makes, “The member-driven nature of the calls really showcases how the AM ecosystem directs the progression of additive technology.”

“The training materials in this project stand to benefit the safety engineers and machinists, as well as the machines and the materials,” said Josh Cramer, EWD Director of America Makes. “It will address a variety of needs for understanding safety for the lifecycle of additive materials through the course of operations. It will address everything from procurement all the way through the process to recycling and disposal.”

Each project call has a unique set of topics and submission requirements. Further details on the projects can be found at https://www.americamakes.us/open-project-calls/.

  • The Open Project Call will leverage collaboration and perspectives from the existing America Makes membership, working groups, and Roadmap Advisory Group (RMAG). The goal for this project call is to create actionable focus areas to address the needs of the membership and its stakeholders.
  • Rapid Innovation Call will seek to address immediate and readily actionable needs identified by America Makes members. The Rapid Innovation Call will allow the Institute an agile framework to adapt to the evolving challenges of the supply chain via direct input from the membership. Full details will be available on July 25.
  • Generation of Additive Materials Allowables for Ti-6Al-4V or GAMAT focuses on a Laser Powder Feed Directed Energy Deposition (LPFDED) process-specific set of publicly available, statistically substantiated, bulk material property data with a corresponding material and process specification.

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 americamakes.us to learn more.

About NCDMM
NCDMM delivers innovative and collaborative manufacturing solutions that enhance our nation’s workforce and economic competitiveness. NCDMM has extensive knowledge and depth in manufacturing areas—both commercial and defense—to continually innovate, improve, and advance manufacturing technologies and methodologies. Our experienced team specializes in identifying the needs, the players, the technologies, and processes to attain optimal solutions for our customers. We connect the dots. That’s the NCDMM methodology. NCDMM also manages the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes—the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at ncdmm.org and follow @NCDMMnews on Twitter.

America Makes Media Contact:
Jacob Ruffo
(330) 708-5074
jacob.ruffo@ncdmm.org

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