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Consortium for Additive Manufacturing Materials (CAMM)

Goal: Connect materials producers, research institutions, and end users in the development of the underlying technologies needed for novel applications of new materials optimized for additive manufacturing.

Lead: Pennsylvania State University
P.O. Box 30
State College, PA 16804-0030

Award Number: 70NANB14H058

Federal Funding: $500,000

Project Duration: 24 months

Penn State will launch the Consortium for Additive Manufacturing Materials (CAMM) to drive materials innovation for additive manufacturing applications. The industry-driven consortium's initial focus will be on developing new types of metals, polymers, and ceramics for additive manufacturing uses in the aerospace, biomedical, energy, and electronics industries. To focus materials research and development efforts on these industries' high-priority needs, the consortium will undertake a comprehensive roadmapping effort. The activities that are undertaken will leverage the resources, capabilities, and multidisciplinary expertise of Penn State's Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition and its Center for Computational Materials Design.

Invented in the United States, additive manufacturing processes entail layer-by-layer deposition and fusing of materials to make three-dimensional objects directly from digital designs. These processes offer a host of advantages over traditional manufacturing methods, which involve removing material from workpieces by, for example, cutting or grinding.Among these advantages are quick turnaround from design to part, limited need for complex tooling, cost-effective production of small lots, reduced waste, and design and manufacturing flexibility, which accommodates complex features and shapes that increase the part functionality. While additive manufacturing techniques are evolving rapidly, the field continues to rely on traditional materials systems, which have not been designed nor optimized for conditions experienced in additive manufacturing. New advanced metallic, polymer, ceramic, and related composite material systems are required to optimize additive manufacturing capabilities and their applications in a variety of industries. Experimental materials and other outputs of the consortium's research will be supplied to U.S. organizations focused on more applied research on additive manufacturing processes.

For project information: Department of Public Information, (814) 865-7517

Funded Participants:

  • Nexight Group (Silver Spring, MD)

AMTech Project Manager: Thomas Lettieri, (301) 975-3496, thomas.lettieri@nist.gov