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America Makes awards Boeing Research & Technology with GAMAT project opportunity

And opens two new project calls worth $1.75M - the Rapid Innovation Call (RIC) 2022, and the Steel (HY-80) Wire-Arc Additive Heat Treatment (SWAAHT) call

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America Makes has selected Boeing Research and Technology as the awardee of a Directed Project Opportunity on the generation of additive material allowables for Ti-6AI-4V (GAMAT) funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Technology Division. Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), America Makes awarded approximately $3.0M in funding with roughly $0.8M in matching funds from the awarded project team for a total of roughly $3.8M.

Subject to the finalization of all contractual details and requirements, Boeing Research and Technology will work in conjunction with RPMI Innovations, Edison Welding Institute (EWI), Auburn University, ASTM International, and the University of Texas El Paso to deliver on the objectives of the overall effort. In addition to this, the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), working on project 5511JMADD concurrently, will coordinate with, and support, the Boeing project team with the review and documentation of data generated as part of the GAMAT project.

The objective of the GAMAT Directed Project Opportunity is to overcome the lack of accepted and available design data for use by engineers and designers for the approval of additive manufacturing parts. Generating the requisite data and models involves a sizeable investment of resources and time, in order to produce statistically significant data, which requires generating test coupons under a controlled process, performing testing, and analysis of the resulting data.

“While there are some existing organizational or company-specific proprietary AM design databases, there is currently very limited industry or government-accepted standard design data for AM in the public domain,” said John Wilczynski, Executive Director of America Makes. “This data is needed to further shape and support the broader adoption of AM.”

“It’s exciting to see when a project call comes full circle and our membership offers insightful and impactful proposals that ultimately have the ability to advance the dataset of the additive manufacturing ecosystem,” continued John Wilczynski. “Our project calls are a way for membership to accelerate AM technologies and innovation in the manufacturing sector and beyond.”

As America Makes continues to support the transformation of manufacturing in the United States through innovative, coordinated AM, 3D printing technology development, and workforce and development training, the group is also offering two additional project calls to give members the opportunity to receive $1.75M in funding awards.

America Makes Rapid Innovation Call (RIC) 2022

The 2022 Rapid Innovation Call focuses on the advancement of AM technologies which addresses the needs of all members. NCDMM is soliciting competitive proposals supporting the 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. Submitted topics are reviewed and prioritized by the America Makes Roadmap Advisory Group.

The funding source for this call is America Makes via AFRL, with a projected value of $400,000. At least four awards are anticipated with an associated maximum federal funding of $100,000 available for each award.

This funding opportunity is focused on addressing the needs of the membership in five topic domains. Execution of funded America Makes projects and programs address roadmap requirements, which are in turn identified by the membership, and foster the advancement of AM technology readiness and industrialization. The continued engagement and participation of the membership in working groups, advisory groups, and workshops are vital to the value of the roadmap and describing the impact of America Makes-funded activities. This Rapid Innovation Call aligns with various requirements spanning the design, process, materials, value chain, and AM genome swimlanes.

For each project, teams shall provide deliverables to appropriate AFRL transition partners and to America Makes for dissemination to members via the Digital Storefront.

The 2022 Rapid Innovation Call is open to America Makes members only. The submission deadline is Friday, November 18, 2022, 17:00 Eastern time.

Steel (HY-80) Wire-Arc Additive Heat Treatment (SWAAHT) Project Call

The Steel (HY-80) Wire-Arc Additive Heat Treatment (SWAAHT) Project Call, worth $1.35M in federal funding, seeks to inform and build modeling frameworks that the metal AM community can leverage when looking to optimize ferritic steel DED and post-build HT practices at scale.​

NCDMM, AFRL, and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) are seeking responses that outline a metal AM project that aims 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 will be the targeted use case examined in this study, with the objective of achieving either optimized DED parameters and industrial scale post-build heat treatment practices for thick and thin sections, or a well-characterized matrix of limitations regarding the heat treatment response of MIL-100S-1 DED builds, including recommendations for feedstock composition modifications/changes and associated post-build heat treatment designs.

Proposers to this project call shall detail an integrated project team (IPT) comprised of relevant subject matter experts from government, industry, and academia. Expertise shall span the areas of welding and physical steel metallurgy, arc welding and additive manufacturing, materials (thermodynamic/kinetics) and finite element process modeling, as well as industrial heat treatment.

Lead proposers must be current America Makes members, in good standing, by Friday, November 18, 2022. The submission deadline is Friday, December 2, 2022, 17:00 Eastern time.

Click here for more information, details, and participant guidelines for the SWAAT Project Call.

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