The U.S. organization America Makes has launched two new funding calls. A total of nearly $12 million will be allocated for additive manufacturing projects.
The funds come from the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force. Funding will focus on developing metal alloys and material datasets for 3D printing.
The first call is for high-temperature nickel- or aluminum-based alloys (Powder Alloy Development for Additive Manufacturing, PADAM). The volume is million. The second call, for .75 million, is aimed at collecting and disseminating material data for 3D printing (Proliferation of AM Material Datasets).
According to America Makes, it is the largest funding amount to date since its inception in 2012, with the goal of accelerating advances in 3D printing metallic components for industry. Small and medium-sized companies are also expected to benefit most from the data.
The deadline for project proposals is Sept. 29. America Makes expects to award the grants by the end of October. A total of four projects are to be supported, two per funding call.