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Additive Manufacturing Consortium Projects for 2023

April 18, 2023
Additive Manfacturing Consortium

The Additive Manufacturing Consortium (AMC), operated by EWI, is pleased to announce its 2023 research portfolio, which includes three new projects and two continuations:

  • High-strength Aluminum Testing and Characterization of Commercially Available Materials (new) – This project will conduct builds and compare results from three commercially available materials in the 7XXX series family. Materials from Elementum 3D, HRL and Constellium will be compared.
  • AMC Material Properties Database (new) – The AMC has generated a lot of data since its founding more than 10 years ago. This project will produce a data schema and common database approach to store the AMC data. The project will also begin the import of some of the past AMC data.
  • High Deposition Rate DED Trade Study and Demonstration (new) – High deposition rate DED systems can produce geometry quickly, but there has not been a good test geometry that can be used to compare the technologies. This project will create that geometry which will include feature detail that can be scanned/measured and block features that can be cut to conduct various mechanical and microstructure testing. The sample geometry will be built using various DED technologies and then tested to compare those technologies.
  • Assessment of New Metal AM Technologies (continued) – With a myriad of new AM technologies coming to market, this project aims to identify the new players from key tradeshows, press releases, web searches. If the technology is well enough established, sample parts will be obtained and evaluated.
  • Investigation into Low Angle Printing without Supports (continued) – Low angle printing has been a key headline in the media around L-PBF printing. The initial project looked at the various techniques key machine OEM’s use to overcome the challenge, and a test build was compared using Nickel 718 material. This phase will repeat the testing on Ti64.

The goal of the AMC is to support and accelerate the manufacturing readiness of metal additive manufacturing technologies. Members meet quarterly to discuss advances in AM, progress on consortium projects, and future topics for collaborative research. Member companies come from all a broad range of sectors including aerospace, defense, automotive, medical, oil and gas, and consumer/commercial products. The membership base draws from industry, academia, and government, as well as equipment and manufacturing suppliers.

To learn about the AMC or find out how to become a member, contact Mark Barfoot at [email protected] or 716.7105597.

You can also hear presentations by EWI AM experts and visit us at Exhibit Booth #5343 at the RAPID+TCT event, May 2-4, 2023, in Chicago, Illinois. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you solve your AM challenges.