$4.6 million available to advance additive manufacturing in new America Makes project call


America Makes has announced three new project calls intended to boost the use of industrial 3D printing and provide a new method for supply chain companies to work directly with the Institute. Several actionable areas of focus are linked to each call, including materials data, process monitoring, and data management, as well as education and development of the workforce.

America Makes is the leading public-private partnership focusing on 3D printing technology and education. America Makes’ members, drawn from academia, industry, government, and workforce and economic development agencies, are working together to speed up the use of additive manufacturing and the USA’s worldwide manufacturing competitiveness.

“We are extremely excited about these project calls as they speak to the core of what America Makes 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 range of safety issues throughout the duration of additive materials over the process of operation. It will cover everything from purchasing to the process of recycling to disposal.”

Each project call comes with its own collection of subjects and submission requirements. More details about these can be found here.

The launch webinar for the three projects beginning August 1. Registration is necessary.

The Open Project Call will draw on the collaboration and insights of current America Makes membership, working groups, and the Roadmap Advisory Group (RMAG). This project call aims to establish focused areas of actionable importance to meet the demands of the members and its members.

The Rapid Innovation Call is designed to address immediate and achievable requirements that are identified in the eyes of America Makes members. The Rapid Innovation Call is expected to allow the Institute to be flexible and respond to the supply chain’s changing needs with direct input from the members.

Generation of Additive Materials Allowables for Ti-6Al-4V or GAMAT Focuses on laser powder feed Directed Energy Deposition (LPFDED) process-specific set of publicly accessible statistics-substantiated bulk material property information, along together with a process and material specification.

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