NIST Plans $7M in Additive Manufacturing R&D Grants

The National Institute of Standards and Technology will allocate $7.4 million for research initiatives to evaluate technologies used in emerging product development processes, Green Car Congress reported Thursday.

Ohio-based National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute and Northern Illinois University will receive $5 million and $2.4 million, respectively, for additive manufacturing projects.

NAMII, which operates under the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, is working on a three-phase research in cooperation with 27 educational institutions, national laboratories and firms.

Boeing, Concurrent Technologies Corp., Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin are part of the NAMII project that aims to discover tools for making additive manufacturing prototype applications available for commercial use.

NIU is collaborating with Northwestern University and three organizations from the manufacturing industry to develop process control tools and components that can be used for three-dimensional printing processes.

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