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Thursday, August 28, 2014

NAMII Announces First Projects

NAMIIThe National Additive Manufacturing and Innovation Institute (NAMII), the 3-D printing institute in Youngstown, Ohio, that President Barack Obama mentioned during his State of the Union address in February, has just announced the first seven projects it will back.

NAMII, organized by a group of private-sector entities and universities and funded in part by a $30 million federal grant, is the first of a planned 15 institutes that will comprise the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. NAMII’s mission is to promote innovation and research and development of additive manufacturing techniques for use in mainstream production.

The seven projects NAMII has elected to support will receive $4.5 million and will match a further $5 million in funding, The Pittsburgh Business Times reported. These projects are:

  • “Maturation of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Component Manufacturing,” Rapid Prototype + Manufacturing LLC (RP+M);
  • “Qualification of Additive Manufacturing Processes and Procedures for Repurposing and Rejuvenation of Tooling,”Case Western Reserve University;
  • “Sparse-Build Rapid Tooling by Fused Depositing Modeling (FDM) for Composite Manufacturing and Hydroforming,”Missouri University of Science and Technology;
  • “Fused Depositing Modeling (FDM) for Complex Composites Tooling,” Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems;
  • “Maturation of High-Temperature Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Technologies and Infrastructure,”Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems;
  • “Thermal Imaging for Process Monitoring and Control of Additive Manufacturing,” Penn State University Center for Innovative Materials Processing Through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP 3D); and,
  • “Rapid Qualification Methods for Powder Bed Direct Metal Additive Manufacturing Processes,”Case Western Reserve University.

For more information about these projects, please see the NAMII website.

Brian Lane

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