National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute Announces Request For Proposals

On November 27, 2012, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute announced its initial request for proposal (RFP) from NAMII members for applied research projects.

The NAMII Project RFP process is open to all organizations as long as they are partnered with a NAMII member and the NAMII member submits the proposal on behalf of that project partnership/collaboration.

The NAMII Project Call RFP is limited to three technical topic areas. Proposals from NAMII members can address one or more technical topic areas, but must address all evaluation criteria.

  • Materials Understanding and Performance: Understanding material properties and characteristics to enable expected performance are key to the wide-scale industry adoption of additive manufacturing. Specific focus areas include development of materials database design for capturing broad sets of test results; design-allowable properties for materials; data access and sharing platform; methods to manage materials variability; and identification of material requirements and gap analysis. All efforts should focus on expediting the transition and qualification of materials and material systems for additive manufacturing to establish a seamless path from materials requirements to process capability.

  • Qualification and Certification: Testing, qualification, and certification methods and systems that enable the rapid deployment of additive manufacturing products are critical to additive manufacturing adoption. Specific focus areas include methods for rapid qualification and certification; innovative technology approach to qualification and certification; leveraging of modeling and simulation; quantification of process variability; identification of variability reduction to increase reliability, process optimization, and rate increases; and certification of suppliers.  All efforts should focus on elimination of barriers and reduction of time to market related to qualification and certification of products.

  • Process Capability and Characterization/Process Control: A comprehensive understanding of the relationship between process parameters and the resulting product will advance additive manufacturing processes to deliver this breakthrough technology. Specific focus areas include process repeatability and throughput improvement; development of algorithms for modeling expected outcomes; improved part quality; and in-situ adaptive control systems.  All efforts should focus on process improvements to encourage adoption of additive manufacturing technology.

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