Salt Lake City—The Utah Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) recently announced that it has been awarded nearly $1 million in federal funds to produce carbon composite additive manufactured parts for the Air Force. This technology will give UAMMI the ability to 3D print carbon-based replacement parts for legacy aircraft on demand — something often prohibitively expensive and time consuming using traditional technologies.
“Additive manufacturing represents a huge opportunity for Utah’s advanced manufacturing industry,” said Jeff Edwards, UAMMI Executive Director. “The carbon-based components we will produce will be highly valuable to the Air Force as they will significantly reduce both the time and cost of aircraft repairs. This grant will help position Utah as the technology leader and innovator in this new field.”
UAMMI’s award constitutes a two-year, $928,000 project, and is set to begin in June 2018. The grant will come from the Air Force-driven MAMLS program (Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-Cost Sustainment), which was created in partnership with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and America Makes. The fund will make available approximately $6.5M for multiple national awardees.
UAMMI will work with the Air Force Sustainment Center and Hill Air Force Base to identify legacy aircraft parts that need to be replaced. During the project, the UAMMI additive manufacturing team will be housed at the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) Innovation Center, which is located at the Falcon Hill Aerospace Research Park next to Hill Air Force Base.
UAMMI’s additive manufacturing team will manufacture the legacy aircraft parts utilizing lab space at the USTAR Innovation Center and a state-of-the-art carbon-based 3D printer that will be provided by project partner Impossible Objects. Entrepreneurs and researchers that rent space and equipment at the USTAR Innovation Center will also be able to utilize the printer.