EWI established the AMC in 2010 to accelerate and advance the manufacturing readiness of metal additive manufacturing technology.
The AMC brings together a diverse group of additive manufacturing (AM) end users, suppliers, researchers, and stakeholders from across the nation to positively impact the AM landscape through organized and focused activities. The four aims of the consortia are to:
To be a platform for collaboration
across global industry, academia and government entities
To execute group sponsored
pre-competitive AM research projects
To partner on government funding opportunities
To provide a forum for discussion and networking among AM professionals
The AMC addresses the technical challenges in advancing additive manufacturing processes such as powder bed fusion and directed energy deposition using lasers, arc, and electron beams, as well as solid state processes such as ultrasonic additive manufacturing.
Members have access to results from previous AMC projects, including:
- Evaluation of Post Process Techniques for AM
- In-Process Monitoring & Defect Rectification: Phase II
- Testing on Current Projects IN 625 and IN 718 and Relating Microstructure to AM Properties
- DED Multi-material/ Repair
- Comparison of Commercially Available AM Simulation Tool
- Stainless Steel Multi-Process AM
The AMC project portfolio is funded annually by more than $2 million in cash and in-kind investments from its members. Projects in 2022 include:
- Continued Assessment of New AM Technologies
- Investigation into Low Angle Printing Without Supports
- Optimize Process Parameters for Thin Wall Structures
- Continued Investigation into Multi-Laser L-PBF Systems Focusing on Overlap Techniques
- Continued Evaluation of Factors Affecting AS Built Surface Finish on L-PBF
The results of projects are reported at AMC meetings.
The cornerstone of the consortium is technical discussion and advancement surrounding AM. Members, partners, and invited guests meet quarterly to discuss AM topics. Meetings consist of technical talks, tours, and informal social events to encourage extended conversation and promote collaboration.
Consortium members come from industry, government, academic and non-profit research organizations.
Exclusive invitation to meetings
Access to technical presentations and development activities
Non-exclusive license to joint intellectual property developed under the AMC.
Members who fund or contribute to a project receive direct access to all data and more frequent updates to project results.
The results of projects are reported quarterly at AMC meetings. In addition, all members are encouraged to present results of other, non-AMC sponsored AM activities, to promote technical interchange. Finally, government and university research partners are available to participate on AMC projects.
To learn more about joining the AMC, contact Mark Barfoot, Director of AM Programs, at [email protected] or 716.710.5597.
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An annual membership is required to participate in AMC meetings. Currently, the consortium has more than 50 members worldwide including aerospace and heavy equipment manufacturers; powder, equipment, and technical service providers; R&D organizations; government agencies; and academic institutions.
The next meeting of the AMC will be in Spring 2022. For details about the meeting or for information on how to join the Additive Manufacturing Consortium, contact Mark Barfoot at [email protected] or 716.710.5597.