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America Makes launches Open Project Call totaling $1.6M in funding

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America Makes launched a new Open Project Call (OPC) worth $1.6M in total funding from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Technology Division.

The OPC goal is to accelerate the development and deployment of innovative, cost-effective, and energy-efficient additive manufacturing (AM) technologies to meet defense and/or commercial needs.

Specifically, the OPC aims to support key swimlanes—Design, Material, Process, AM Genome and Value Chain—of the America Makes’ AM Technology Roadmap. The Roadmap identifies measurable and meaningful challenges that, when met, promote inquiry, knowledge-sharing, and technical advancements across the industry.

“This Open Project Call represents a vast array of topics and opportunities to benefit our membership and our industry at large,” said Brandon D. Ribic, Ph.D., America Makes Technology Director. “As our first OPC of 2021, we are thrilled with the efforts of our Roadmap Advisory and Working Groups for their contributions in identifying, prioritizing, and developing these technology and education and workforce development topics. We also appreciate the provided insightful membership input that helped to further enhance this OPC. I look forward to receiving the quality and innovative responses that we have come to expect from our membership community.”

The 2021 OPC addresses five technical topic domains:

Topic 1: Strategies for Real-time Defect Mitigation for AM Processes
Topic 2: Introductory-level Training Course on the Inspection and Quality Assurance of AM Components
Topic 3: Accelerating Qualification of AM Materials for High-temperature Applications
Topic 4: Solid-state AM Process Technical Data Package Maturation
Topic 5: Assessing Opportunities for AM Process Productivity Improvement

The 2021 OPC requires a cost share of at least 50 percent match and must be from non-Federal funding sources. More information, details, and participant guidelines for the 2021 OPC can be found at americamakes.us/project-calls.

All participants (lead and sub proposers) must be America Makes members and can submit their application starting June 1st, 2021. Submission deadline is Friday, July 2nd, 2021 before 5 p.m. EDT. The Award(s) announcement is expected to be on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021 @ TRX with at least four awards anticipated.

Founded in 2012 as the Department of Defense’s national manufacturing innovation institute for AM and first of the Manufacturing USA network America Makes is the US’ leading public-private partnership for additive manufacturing (AM) technology and education. America Makes members from industry, academia, government, workforce and economic development organizations, work together to accelerate the adoption of AM and the nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. F, America Makes is based in Youngstown.

AFRL leads the discovery, development, and delivery of warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. AFRL is headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, home to the Wright brothers and recognized as the birthplace of aviation. AFRL is comprised of Technology Directorates, Functional Directorates, 711th Human Performance Wing and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

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