The University of Dayton Research Institute will benefit from the first round of applied research and development project awards by the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
Rapid Prototype + Manufacturing LLC (RP+M) of Avon Lake was awarded $1 million for a project and will contract with UDRI for $575,000 for technology support and education, UDRI said Friday. Other partners in the project include Stratasys of Eden Prairie, Minn., as well as aerospace companies Boeing, GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.
“UDRI’s role will be to analyze material properties and define how to design and certify parts manufactured for aerospace applications,” said Brian Rice, head of the UDRI Multi-Scale Composites and Polymers Division, in a prepared release.
In June, UDRI received $3 million from the Ohio Third Frontier to work with Stratasys, RP+M and additional partners to develop aircraft-engine components through additive manufacturing – also known as 3-D printing – for several aerospace manufacturers.
“This new award allows us to build on the work we were already doing through the Third Frontier program, which is focused on economic development in Ohio” Rice said.
NAMII, established in August 2012 in Youngstown as the pilot additive-manufacturing institute under the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, awarded a total of $4.5 million to seven projects. Award recipients will generate a total of $5 million in cost share.