America Makes Powder Alloy Development for Additive Manufacturing Project Call

Additive Manufacturing

Powder Alloy Development for Additive Manufacturing (PADAM), is worth $6M and is being funded by the AFRL. America Makes, its members, and Government stakeholders have assessed the benefits and strategic opportunities offered through the development and scaling of novel AM (additive manufacturing) materials at the Alloy Development Workshop in 2021. This project call aims to accelerate the maturation of AM high-temperature metals to demonstrate measurable improvement in application-specific performance criteria.

The PADAM request for proposal (RFP) is separated into two topic areas:

  1. Topic 1: High-Temperature Refractory Alloys ($3.6M); and
  2. Topic 2: High-Temperature Nickel-Based Superalloys ($2.4M)

“For the better part of a decade, the additive community has been advocating for funding to direct research and development to establish proven methods for applying the best attributes of novel AM materials. The materials that project partners will be working with are incredibly important to the future of the applications used in the aerospace and defense communities,” states Brandon Ribic, Technology Director at America Makes. “Our organization is incredibly fortunate to have the support of the Under Secretary of Defense and AFRL and the engagement of the brightest minds in the country who will be collaborating to revolutionize this technology.”

Project call timeline:

  • Launch: Tuesday, August 15
  • Kickoff Webinar: August 15 at MMX (Registration Required)
  • Questions Due from Proposers about Scope or Approach: August 22
  • Membership Eligibility Deadline: September 14
  • Submission Deadline: September 29 by 5 p.m., ET
  • Anticipated Awards Announcement: October 30