Wednesday March 20, 2013

Super Modeling

The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute's latest awards will benefit the Research Institute's work in 3-D printing.

The University of Dayton Research Institute will benefit from the first round of applied research and development project awards the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute announced today. 

Rapid Prototype + Manufacturing LLC of Avon Lake, Ohio, was awarded $1 million for "Maturation of Fused Deposition Modeling Component Manufacturing," and will contract with the Research Institute for $575,000 for technology support and education. Other partners in the program, designed to resolve issues that have inhibited the transition to manufacturing of Fused Deposition ModelingTM, a popular thermoplastic-based additive process, include Stratasys of Eden Prairie, Minn., as well as aerospace companies Boeing, GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

"This program allows us to pool resources and leverage highly developed composites industry design practices to mature FDM manufacturing for aerospace and defense applications," said Brian Rice, head of the Research Institute's Multi-Scale Composites and Polymers Division. "UDRI's role will be to analyze material properties and define how to design and certify parts manufactured for aerospace applications." 

In July, the Research Institute received $3 million from the Ohio Third Frontier to work with Stratasys, RP+M and additional partners to develop aircraft-engine components through additive manufacturing – also known as 3-D printing – for several aerospace manufacturers.

"This new award allows us to build on the work we were already doing through the Third Frontier program, which is focused on economic development in Ohio." Rice said. 

NAMII, established in August 2012 in Youngstown, Ohio, as the pilot additive-manufacturing institute under the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, awarded a total of $4.5 million to seven projects. Award recipients will generate a total of $5 million in cost share. Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, NAMII serves as a nationally recognized additive manufacturing center of innovation excellence, working to transform the U.S. manufacturing sector and yield significant advancements throughout industry. 

The full news release, which includes other award recipients, can be found at the related link.  

For more information, contact Pamela Gregg, University of Dayton Research Institute communication administrator, at 937-229-3268.