America Makes Awards Boeing Research & Technology with GAMAT Project Opportunity

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America Makes has selected Boeing Research and Technology as the winner of a Directed Project Opportunity on Generating Admissible Additive Materials for Ti-6AI-4V (GAMAT) funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Materials and Manufacturing, Manufacturing and Industrial Core Technology Division. Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), America Makes awarded approximately $3.0 million in funding with approximately $0.8 million in matching funds from the award-winning project team for a total of approximately $3.8 million.

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 University of Texas El Paso to achieve the goals of the overall effort. In addition to this, the National Institute for Aeronautical Research (NIAR), working concurrently on project 5511JMADD, will coordinate and support the Boeing project team in the review and documentation of data generated under the GAMAT project.

The goal of the GAMAT-led project opportunity is to overcome the lack of accepted design data available for use by engineers and designers for approval of additive manufacturing parts. Generating the required data and models involves a significant investment of resources and time, in order to produce statistically significant data, which requires generating test coupons in a controlled process, performing tests and analyze the resulting data.

“While there are organization or company proprietary AM design databases, there is currently very little 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 wider adoption of AM.”

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

As America Makes continues to support the transformation of U.S. manufacturing through innovative and coordinated AM, 3D printing technology development, and workforce training and development, the group also offers two additional calls for projects to give members the opportunity to receive $1.75 million in grant funding.

America Calls for Rapid Innovation (RIC) 2022

The 2022 Rapid Innovation Call focuses on advancing AM technologies that meet the needs of all members. The NCDMM invites competitive proposals supporting America Makes mission to promote and accelerate the development and deployment of innovative, cost-effective, and 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 through AFRL, with a projected value of $400,000. A minimum of four awards are anticipated with an associated maximum federal funding of $100,000 available for each award.

This funding opportunity aims to meet the needs of members in five thematic areas. Execution of America Makes-funded projects and programs meets roadmap requirements, which are in turn identified by members, and drive advancement in AM technology readiness and industrialization. The continued engagement and participation of members in working groups, advisory groups, and workshops is essential to the value of the roadmap and to depicting the impact of America Makes-funded activities. This call for rapid innovation aligns with various requirements spanning the design, process, materials, value chain and corridors of the AM genome.

For each project, teams must provide deliverables to the appropriate AFRL Transition Partners and America Makes for distribution to members through the digital storefront.

The 2022 Rapid Innovation Call is open to America Makes members only. The submission deadline is Friday, November 18, 2022, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Project Call for Wireline Arc Additive Heat Treatment (SWAAHT) of Steel (HY-80)

The Steel (HY-80) Wire-Arc Additive Heat Treatment (SWAAHT) project call, valued at $1.35 million in federal funding, aims to inform and create modeling frameworks that the AM community metal can exploit when looking to optimize DED and post-processing of ferritic steel. build large-scale HT practices.​

The NCDMM, AFRL, and Office of Naval Research (ONR) are seeking responses that describe a metal AM project that aims to develop an understanding and set of tools (experimental and computational models) specific to material selection raw materials, AM construction parameters and post-construction heat treatments applied to DED of high-strength structural steel sections. MIL-100S-1 DED HY-80 casting alternatives will be the targeted use case investigated in this study, with the goal of achieving optimized DED parameters and industrial-scale post-construction heat treatment practices for thick and thin sections, or a well-characterized matrix of limitations regarding the heat treatment response of DED MIL-100S-1 constructions, including recommendations for modifications/changes in raw material composition and heat treatment designs associated post-construction.

Proposers to this RFP must detail an Integrated Project Team (IPT) comprised of relevant subject matter experts from government, industry and academia. The expertise will cover the fields of welding and physical metallurgy of steel, arc welding and additive manufacturing, materials (thermodynamics/kinetics) and finite element process modelling, as well as industrial heat treatment.

Principal Proposers must be current America Makes members, in good standing, by Friday, November 18, 2022. The submission deadline is Friday, December 2, 2022, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Click here for more information, details and guidelines for participants in the SWAAT project call.

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