December 3, 2018
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have launched a new additive manufacturing project and facility aimed at accelerated parts production, advancing new weapons system designs and materials, reducing production costs, and establishing point-of-need part manufacturing capabilities. The Advanced Manufacturing, Materials, and Processes (AMMP) Center will be located in Aberdeen, MD.
AMMP “brings together industry, academia, and government to advance, refine, and transition scientific breakthroughs in materials and machinery,” said Lisa Strama, president and CEO of the NCMS in October, while addressing a group of about 150 government, academic, and manufacturing industry members and area dignitaries. Other attendees included ARL Director Dr. Philip Perconti, U.S. Senator Christopher Van Hollen (D-MD), Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, and Steve Pennington from the Maryland Department of Commerce.
“Today is an opportunity to recognize the unanimous pledge of support AMMP is receiving for the scientific breakthroughs, accelerated manufacturing capabilities, stronger and more competitive industrial base and economic growth it stimulates,” Strama said. “I also want to extend my thanks to Senator Van Hollen for his role in securing $15 million in new AMMP funding support.”
The launch event also included an overview of the NCMS working model, the formation of an AMMP Technology Advisory Board (TAB), and the appointment of Dr. Cosima Boswell-Koller as Senior Project Manager and technical lead.
“The AMMP Program is enjoying a lot of early momentum,” said Boswell-Koller. “There are several new project calls, awards, and kick-offs well underway, and our membership base is growing rapidly.” According to NCMS, a total of eight additive manufacturing projects have been awarded to date as part of the ARL’s science and technology, feedstock, and prototyping areas of focus.