3Degrees Receives Funding from America Makes and AFRL to Develop AM Materials DatabaseMay 20, 2021
3D-printing consulting firm 3Degrees, Chicago, IL, has been awarded funding as part of America Makes’ Rapid Innovation Project Call, supported by a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (ARFL), to develop a searchable and scalable additive-manufacturing (AM) materials database built using 3Degrees’ traceAM software. 3Degrees will collaborate with Senvol, Northrop Grumman Corp., EOS and Deloitte, bringing together materials engineers, data specialists and consultants to customize the traceAM platform to fit the unique needs of America Makes’ members.
Specifically, the team will deliver a robust system to collect and archive data, which will allow past and future projects to be sorted by key production and technical data. The tool aligns to industry best practices and regulatory data requirements and has the benefit of enabling real-time updates to the information captured by the system as standards evolve.
“Because of its unique role within the AM ecosystem, America Makes possesses an unparalleled amount of data around materials performance, printing platforms and technical specifications,” says Dr. Mike Vasquez, founder of 3Degrees and principal investigator for the project. “With this work, we’ll deliver a tool that is simple to use and enables users to quickly search, analyze and compare this robust data with a click of a few buttons. We are confident this tool will produce insights that support manufacturing in the United States and benefit all current and future America Makes members.”
Members of America Makes and the broader Additive Manufacturing community can follow the progress of the project throughout 2021, including at upcoming member events such as the Technical Review Exchange in July and the Member Meeting Exchange in October. The project team also will appear on the 3Degrees Discussions podcast at the conclusion of the project to discuss key learnings, existing challenges within the AM space, and what they see as the next opportunity to advance the industry.