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America Makes awards $1.75 million to 2022 project calls

Split between the Rapid Innovation Call (RIC) and the Steel (HY-80) Wire Arc Additive Heat Treatment (SWAAHT) call

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America Makes has announced the winners of two recent project calls – the 2022 Rapid Innovation Call (RIC) and the Steel (HY-80) Wire Arc Additive Heat Treatment (SWAAHT) call – totaling $1.75 million in funding. The winning proposals address the evolving challenges of the domestic supply chain and offer progressive solutions.

America Makes continues to support the transformation of the additive manufacturing ecosystem in the United States through innovative, coordinated AM technology development, and education workforce and development,” said Dr. Brandon Ribic, Technology Director at America Makes. “We are thrilled to offer these funding opportunities to our members and partner with industry experts who are driven to advance AM on a national level.”

The RIC project call was funded by America Makes via the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and focused on supporting America Makes’ mission of promoting and accelerating the development and deployment of innovative, cost-effective, energy-efficient AM technologies to meet defense and/or commercial needs. Four awardees were announced on December 16, 2022, and were each presented with the maximum federal funding of $100,000. The opportunity centered on addressing the needs of the membership in five topic domains and aligns with various requirements spanning the Design, Process, Materials, Value Chain, and AM Genome swimlanes.

The RIC award winners and related topics and projects include Process-Structure-Property Relationships for Directed Energy Deposition (DED, won by Edison Welding Institute (EWI) for the Process, Thermal, Structure, Property Model for Ti64 Built with DED-LB project; Effects of Defects – Production of Higher Criticality Parts Accelerator, won by Penn State University (PSU) for the Effect of Defects on Ti-6Al-4V Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing Components project; AM Machine Qualification – Measurement Methods and Characterization, won by Colorado School of Mines for the Measurement of Process Gas Flow and Delivered Laser Power Impact Toward AM Machine Qualification project; and AM Machine Qualification – Measurement Methods and Characterization, won by University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) for the Rapid Print Characterization for Machine Qualification and Equivalency project.

The winning proposals of the SWAAHT project call will work to inform and build acquisition and sustainment frameworks that the metal AM community can leverage when producing steel DED and Heat Treatment  practices at scale. Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), AFRL, and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), America Makes awarded approximately $600,000 in funding with $395,000 in matching funds from the winning project teams for a total of $1.35 million.

Announced on December 23, 2022, proposals were based on metal AM projects that aim to develop an understanding and set of tools (experimental and computational models) specific to the selection of feedstocks, AM build parameters, and post-build heat treatments applied to the DED of high-strength structural steel shapes. MIL-100S-1 DED HY-80 casting alternatives are the targeted use case examined in these studies. Winning teams can advance to phase two of the project and receive a maximum of $750,000 in (incremental) funding if phase one objectives are met.

The SWAAHT award winners and related projects include Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Development and Transition of HY80 Steel for Qualification to NAVSEA WIRE-DED Tech Pub, and Penn State University’s (PSU) Additive Manufacturing Casting Replacement Optimization (AMCRO) – Heat Treating and Chemistry.

The RIC projects are expected to be completed in June 2023, and the SWAAHT projects are expected to be completed in May 2025. The data will be made available to America Makes members.

“We congratulate the winning project teams and are thrilled to see collaboration between the US Navy, industry, and academia,” said Dr. Brandon Ribic.

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