America Makes Announces Project Call Worth $11.7M in Funding

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining and America Makes announced a new directed project call worth a total of $11.7 million.

The “Improvements in Manufacturing Productivity via Additive Capabilities and Techno-Economic Analysis [IMPACT]” project call is funded by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering Manufacturing Technology Office and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

The objective of the project call is to demonstrate productivity and yield benefits for casting and forging manufacturing via additive manufacturing technologies, execute techno-economic analysis for metal powder additive manufacturing and to bridge component sourcing gaps with additive manufacturing parts for casting and forging applications. The project call is also seeking innovative solutions for robotic additive manufacturing process planning for continuous fiber-reinforced composite structures.

“This project call addresses the needs of a broad cross-section of our nation’s supply chain, including the casting and forging supply chain,” said Brandon Ribic, technology director at America Makes. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to deliver longer-term strategic investments to scaling [additive manufacturing] technologies.”

The proposed projects should be applicable to Technology Readiness Level 4-7 and Manufacturing Readiness Level 4-7 at the onset of the proposed project.

The request for proposal includes 10 topic areas of focus. The number of anticipated awards and maximum funding will vary depending on the topic area being addressed.

A kickoff webinar is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. June 1. Registration is required.

More information, including topics and deadlines, is available HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.