America Makes announces winners of US$1.2mn Open Project Call

The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, have announced the winners of the US$1.2 million Open Project Call funded by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering Manufacturing Technology Office (OSD(R&E)) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

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America Makes facilitated workshops in 2021 and 2022, convening leaders in the AM industry, along with Institute members and advisory group participants, that ultimately resulted in the continued curation of the Additive Manufacturing Technology Roadmap. The roadmap was used to identify and formulate the topical areas for the project call.

“The continuous progress made in research, development, and implementation of AM innovations in the areas of design, materials, processes, genome, and value chain that result from these funded projects is paramount to our nation’s competitive advantage,” says Brandon Ribic, Technology Director at America Makes. “Forecasts suggest a continued surge in AM in the coming years as more traditional manufacturing industries are expected to shift towards 3D printing for production, due to its ability to create complex, high-performance parts at lower costs and faster speeds. The work currently being facilitated by these awardees is instrumental to the technological advancements of tomorrow and can be integrated across diverse industries, including those still utilizing traditional manufacturing.”


The award winners and topic areas are:


Topic 1: Design for Dimensional Inspection of Internal Features via In-Situ Process Monitoring

Project 1: Inspection Using In-Situ Height Mapping Data

Team Lead: RTX Technology Research Center (RTRC)

Project Team: Velo3D Inc


Topic 2: Thermal Manipulations for Processing Improvements

Project 1: Fast scanning mirror Wobble Enabled Build Schema (Fast-WEBS)

Team Lead: GE Research

Project Team: Johns Hopkins University


Topic 4: Frameworks for Utilizing Process Monitoring in Conjunction with Ex-Situ Inspection for Qualification

Team Lead: R3 Digital Sciences Inc

Project Team: Macy Consulting Inc; The Ohio State University Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence; and University of Louisville Additive Manufacturing Institute of Science & Technology

Topic 6: “Should vs. Could” Tool and Training

Project 1: America Makes Methods and Approaches for Sustainable Operations

Team Lead: Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Project Team: N/A


Project teams will report on their progress at the America Makes Technical Review and Exchange and other industry events during the execution phase of the program.