America Makes Announces Winners of Rapid Innovation Call

Selected teams will receive funding from the Air Force Research Laboratory to help fill
critical gaps.

Youngstown, Ohio – America Makes announced the winners of the recent Rapid Innovation Call
(RIC) for projects worth $500K in total funding from the Air Force Research Laboratory
(AFRL), Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing and Industrial Base
Technology Division, to further advance the maturation of additive manufacturing (AM)
technologies.

The topics for the RIC were announced in August during America Makes’ Technical Review and
Exchange and represent a concerted effort by the Institute and its members to strategically
prioritize investment in technical topics that will best help shape the industry’s direction.

“The America Makes membership community is truly working together to drive the direction
we take to mature and advance AM technologies,” said Dr. Brandon Ribic, America Makes
Technology Director. “We are excited to see our membership come forth with projects that will
produce outcomes with real impacts addressing critical areas of need, helping to further advance
additive technology.”

The projects are expected to be completed in May 2022 with project data made available to
America Makes members.

Below is the list of RIC award winners and related topics:

  • Understanding Build Interruptions via AM Monitoring Methods
    Ohio State University – Quantifying the effects of build interruptions through in-process
    monitoring and mechanical test
  • AM Part Families for Product Q&C
    ASTM – Best Practices for Additive Manufacturing Part Families Relating to Product
    Qualification and Certification
  • Defect Detection and Mitigation via Hybrid AM
    Open Additive – Defect Detection and Mitigation via Selective Laser Ablation & Melting
    (SLAM)
  • Defect Detection and Mitigation via Hybrid AM
    Pennsylvania State University – Hybrid Additive Manufacturing Error Recognition and
    Resolution (HAMERR)
  • Advancing Lightweight Design for AM of Thin Walls and Struts
    Ohio State University – Metal Lattice Design, Testing, and Application Study

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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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