3D printing organizatioin America Makes has made a project call for Phase 3 of its ‘Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-Cost Sustainment (MAMLS)’ program.

The MAMLS program is aimed at improving the efficiency of rapid part replacement for aircraft.

America Makes plans to invest US$5.7 million to fund multiple awards with at least US$2.8 million in matching funds from the awarded project teams to make a total of around US$8.5 million.

With the addition of this Project Call, America Makes says that it will have US$114.5 million in public and private funds invested in advancing additive manufacturing (AM) in the United States.

‘Today’s Project Call announcement marks a significant milestone for delivering additive manufacturing technology demonstrations and solutions that can elevate the entire sustainment community’s understanding and use of additive manufacturing,’ said Rob Gorham, America Makes executive director. ‘Phase 3 of MAMLS will improve rapid part replacement/maintenance for legacy aircraft, enable on-demand replacement of critically damaged or obsolete components, and reduce the cost and lead time to fabricate replacement components.’

The three technical topics for this Project Call are feature-based qualification using directed energy deposition (DED), understanding manufacturing realities of AM and emerging process technology for low criticality part families.

All project concept forms are due by 5 pm EST on Wednesday 3 January 2018. Submissions must be e-mailed to projectcall@americamakes.us.

This story is reprinted from material from America Makes, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.