America Makes Announces Two New Project Opportunities Working with Selective Laser Melting

Jul 27, 2018

America Makes recently announced two new project opportunities open to members. The Acceleration of Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (ALSAM) and Advancing AM Post-processing Techniques (AAPT) projects are both funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Technology Division.

As indicated in the project name, ALSAM focuses on the acceleration of large scale additive manufacturing. The overall goal of the project is to become familiar with the challenges presented by Selective Laser Melting (SLM) additive manufacturing that hinder the greater adoption of SLM for technology for production. Approximately $2.6 million is available in funding for this project, which is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), America Makes and AFRL. Full project proposals are due Friday, September 14.

The AAPT project focuses on strengthening the understanding of available techniques to achieving qualified parts and certified processes, as well as reducing costs. The AAPT project looks to build on the uses of SLM for critical parts. Approximately $2.4 million is available in funding for this project. Full project proposals are due Friday, October 12.

“On behalf of all of us at America Makes and AFRL, we are excited to be announcing two Directed Project Opportunities, both of which we believe will play an integral role in accelerating the adoption of Selective Laser Melting additive technologies in particular,” said Rob Gorham, America Makes Executive Director. “With the second Directed Project Opportunity concentrating on the advancement of post-processing techniques, and the first Directed Project Opportunity targeting a multi-laser open platform, we are confident that the industry impact of these two R&D projects will be substantial and widespread.”

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