A team representing the University of Massachusetts, the University of Connecticut, MIT, the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Pennsylvania State University and United Technologies is seeking a $30 million federal grant and matching private money to establish a world-class Advanced Direct Additive Manufacturing Institute (ADAM) at UMass Amherst.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is a process of machining three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The process creates an object by laying down successive layers of materials.
AM takes virtual designs from computer-aided design (CAD) or animation modeling software; transforms successive layers of liquid, powder, or sheet material into thin, virtual, horizontal cross sections; and then builds successive layers until the model is complete.
If funded, the Institute will seek to:
- Implement AM technology for critical applications while developing the next generation of process technology
- Serve as an incubator in additive manufacturing for small and mid-size companies
- Promote the development of a highly skilled manufacturing workforce to utilize AM technology
The university-industry team must present private financial commitments in order to be considered for a federal grant. Cost matching can be in cash, or in-kind contribution to the Institute, such as equipment or software. Commitments to do applied research projects through the Institute are also welcome.
AIM members interested in the goals of the Institute and its potential capabilities should contact Loren Walker, Director- Research Development at UMass, Loren@research.Umass.edu for additional information and to check on the status of the grant. Meanwhile, AIM will issue a letter of support for the grant application to the Department of Defense.