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America Makes Announces $10 Million Research Project for Refining the Efficiency of Air Force Aircraft Part Replacement

by • July 13, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_marshabitat_logo_america_makesFrom a press conference held at Youngstown State University (YSU), America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, revealed a new Directed Project Opportunity to improve US Air Force sustainment operations. The goal of the program is to improve the efficiency of Air Force Air Logistics Complexes to quickly replace parts for legacy and other military aircraft by developing, demonstrating and guiding the transition to the use of additive making and other types of related high end making technology. The Directed Project Opportunity is being funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Technology Division.

3dp_americamakesgrant_ysu_logoThe University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) can be the principal investigator on the project, while YSU can be the co-leader of the technical efforts. Not just can the project have a worthwhile impact on both universities, but it can in addition benefit Northeast Ohio, where extra
than half of the 25 project team partners are located. Driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), America Makes can be awarding $8 million in AFRL funding of their new Cooperative Agreement with the AFRL. An extra
$2.87 million in matching costs can be contributed by the award project team for total of $10.87 million in funding for the research project. UDRI and YSU can share the funding equally throughout the entirety of the project.

“On behalf of all of us at America Makes, we congratulate UDRI, YSU, and their team on the Directed Project Opportunity Award. This project is worthwhile on a number of levels. It marks the initially funded project under our new, five-year Cooperative Agreement with AFRL. It is in addition an significant area of research not just for the Air Force, but for the entire military and making community as well. Lastly, the impact of this project on the Northeast Ohio region with the sturdy revealing of Ohio-based companies is immense, underscoring the making technology coming out of the Youngstown and Mahoning Valley region. We are quite excited to get this effort underway,” said the Director of Operations at America Makes, Rob Gorham.

3dp_americamakesgrant_udri_logoUDRI was notified which they may be awarded the funding at an America Makes members-just event which was held back in April on the University of Dayton campus. In attendance was the entire project team, as well as America Makes personnel and sat any timeal Air Force officials. The UDRI-led project team can be comprised of sat any timeal Ohio-based organizations, which include YSU, Bastech Inc., Case Western Reserve University, Deloitte Services, DRT Mfg. Co., GE Aviation, Humtown Products, M-7 Technologies, Slice Manufacturing Studios, and the Youngstown Business Incubator. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), the AFRL out of Dayton and the 910th Airlift Wing of Youngstown can in addition be working with the project.

The UDRI and YSU teams can work on the project directly with Air Force officials of three of its Air Logistics Complexes. In addition to Robins Air Force Base (AFB) in Georgia, Hill AFB in Utah, and Tinker AFB in Oklahoma, the team can in addition be coordinating with sat any timeal other Air Force and Department of Defense bases and depots. The project can in addition be assisted by sat any timeal additive making industry leaders, which include 3D Systems Corporation, American Foundry Society, Boeing Company, Honeywell International Inc., Lockheed Martin, the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Optomec, Pennsylvania State University, Raytheon, and the University of Northern Iowa.3dp_americamakesgrant_afrl_logo

“This Directed Project Opportunity represents the biggest additive making focused effort on sustainment, maintenance, and repair technologies at any time organized to date. Maintaining its swift in a cost-efficient manner via high end making technologies, which include additive making, is significant to the strategic readiness of the Air Force right now and into the next. Through its outlined approach combined with the diverse project team assembled and led by UDRI, a research leader in its own right, the Institute is highly optimistic which the resulting result can that successfully address the Air Force’s sustainment needs and probably extend beyond the Air Force to other military branches,” explained the Deputy Director of Technology Development at America Makes, John Wilczynski.

The Air Force is already dealing with sat any timeal challenges related to the sustainment of its swift of aircraft and aircraft assist vehicles and machinery. This project can focus on additive making and related high end making technologies like rat any timese engineering tools, 3D scanners, CAD software and non-destructive evaluation (NDE) systems. The project can examine how an additive making-based approach to sustainment can benefit the Air Force and impact their ongoing challenges. Discuss additional in the Air Force & 3D Printing forum over at 3DPB.com.