America Makes Announces Winners of 2022 Open Project Call 

Oct 26, 2022

Selected teams to address immediate, mid-term needs of supply chain  

Youngstown, Ohio – America Makes is proud to announce the winners of the Open Project Call – Summer 2022 for projects funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Technology Division. Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), America Makes awarded over $1M in funding with at least $0.5M in matching funds from the awarded project teams for a total of roughly $1.5M. 

Awardees were announced on October 19 during the America Makes Technical Review and Exchange (TRX) Conference held in Huntsville, AL. The topics for the Open Project Call were revealed on July 25, 2022, and represent the collaboration and perspectives from the membership, working groups, Roadmap Advisory Group (RMAG), and prior America Makes AM Technology Roadmap workshop efforts to create actionable focus areas which address the needs of the membership. 

“We are excited to announce and celebrate the winners of this project call,” stated Dr. Brandon Ribic, America Makes Technology Director. “It’s always impressive to see our membership bring forth such dynamic and thoughtful solutions to advance additive technology and the industry. I was especially pleased to share this information during our TRX event with so many of our stakeholders present. I am confident the winning teams will not only address critical areas of need but also better strengthen the collaborative mindset of our membership.”  

The projects are expected to be completed in June 2023 with data to be made available to America Makes members.   
 
Below is the list of award winners and related topics/projects: 

  • Topic 1: Design Best Practices and Surface Finishing in Complex Thermal Management Applications
    Project: Surface Finish Design Guide for AM Heat Exchangers

    Winner: Raytheon Technologies 
  • Topic 3: Innovation in Rapid Tooling Using a Novel AM Process Chain  
    Project: Inconel Additive Manufacturing Evaporative Casting for Tooling Dies 
    Winner: SKULD in collaboration with Ohio State University, 3Degrees, and Product Evaluations Systems  
  • Topic 5: Characterization of Transient Phenomena Impacting In-Situ Molten Pool Temperature Measurement for AM of Reactive Metals  
    Project: Characterization of Transient Phenomena Impacting In-Situ Molten Pool Temperature Measurement for AM of Reactive Metals 
    Winner: Applied Optimization in collaboration with Penn State Applied Research Lab  
      
  • Topic 6: AM Materials Safety Training  
    Project: AM Materials Safety Training 
    Winner: The Ohio State University, Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence in partnership with the College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) and, in collaboration with the Youngstown Business Incubator, Stratasys, Xact Metal, and MSC Direct   

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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 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.

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