To advance the maturation of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, America Makes has announced The Ohio State University’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME) as a winner of its recent Rapid Innovation Call (RIC). Through this initiative, Ohio State will receive funding from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, and Manufacturing and Industrial Base Technology Division. Ohio State researchers were awarded two projects, each receiving USD 100,000 in funding to address different topic domains.
The new project aims to support lightweight design methods of AM thin walls and struts by further advancing the processability of these structures. The goal is to better understand the manufacturability of lightweight designs and structures to advance their adoption in the automotive, aerospace, medical and energy industries.
CDME will partner with Ohio State’s Dynamic Mechanics of Materials Laboratory (DMML) on the project. DMML will lead testing, while CDME will focus on design and manufacturing. Additionally, Ohio State will receive support from Lockheed Martin, Elementum3D and 3Degrees.