The University of Dayton Research Institute was awarded $3 million from the Ohio Third Frontier to work on developing specialized materials for use in additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing.
On Wednesday this money was awarded as as part of $21 million in grants through several innovation-based programs.
UDRI will work with program partners, Stratasys, PolyOne and Rapid Prototype Plus Manufacturing Inc. to develop aircraft-engine components for GE Aviation, as well as parts and components for ATK Aerospace Structures, Boeing, Goodrich, Honda, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.
3D printers can use polymer, metal or ceramic feedstock. UDRI's program will focus on polymers, which is already a major manufacturing industry in Ohio.
"UDRI has developed a highly specialized nanomaterial that will reinforce the polymer feedstock, giving the finished product greater strength and stiffness than non-reinforced polymer," Rice said. "It also will make the polymer electrically conductive."
(3D printed ice scraper / image credit: UDRI)
PolyOne will scale-up the polymer feedstock needed for mass manufacturing, Stratasys will support the inclusion of new materials in their additive manufacturing systems, and RP+M will use its expertise in additive parts manufacturing to work with Stratasys to print and supply parts to end users, Rice said.
The goal is to make aircraft parts that are stronger, lighter weight and easier to produce.
"We have created an entire supply chain designed to create Ohio jobs," Rice said. "We expect this program to result in the creation of 30 high-tech jobs in Ohio during the first three years and 85 jobs after five years."
UDRI will use part of the Third Frontier award to purchase a 3-D printer to demonstrate the technology.
Posted in 3D Printing Materials
Maybe you also like:
- Objet break the 100 material range barrier
- MSU uses Windform to build amateur radio satellite PrintSat on a 3D printer
- 3D printing using nylon to make flexible parts
- Shapeways announced its first flexible 3D printed material Elasto Plastic
- Time to save your failed prints for recycling
- Filabot's new website is on line now
- Review of 9 recently released 3D printing materials(video)
- Developing sustainable bioplastics for 3D printers
- Filabot turns recycled plastics into 3D printer filament
- Experiment Polycarbonate with DIY 3D printer 3D Printer Resellers
- 3D printing helps sales rise at Landré
- Mcor Technologies signed a distribution agreement with Plantin and Tetterode
- Fujifilm to offer retailers 3D printers
- Landre expands capacities in 3D printing through acquisition
- Widenhorn sold first 3D printer within one week after launch
Clay wrote at 1/27/2014 6:24:11 PM:
This is fascinating. I'm interested in going into an aircraft mechanic/aerospace engineering field, and this makes me happy to know that it is still growing.