On Thursday The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced the award of two grants totaling $7.4 million to fund research projects aimed at improving measurement and standards in additive manufacturing.
Benefits of additive manufacturing include producing goods quickly and on-demand, with greater customization and complexity and less material waste. But additive manufacturing processes also face a variety of hurdles that limit their utility for high-value products and applications, such as inadequate data on the properties of materials used, limited process control, lack of standardized tests for qualifying machine performance and limited modeling and design tools.
The new projects aim to address those challenges.
NIST is awarding $5 million to the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) in Youngstown, Ohio, to support NAMII's three-part research plan that seeks to ensure that quality parts are produced and certified for use in products made by a variety of industries and their supply chains.
Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., will receive $2.4 million to develop tools for process control and qualifying parts made with layer-by-layer additive-manufacturing processes.
"Improving additive manufacturing is an important part of the administration's efforts to help U.S. manufacturers by supporting new opportunities to innovate," said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. "The public-private research partnerships led by NAMII and Northern Illinois University are tackling important measurement science-related barriers that must be overcome before this cutting-edge technology can be more widely used, helping America remain innovative and globally competitive."
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