Youngstown State University and North Carolina State University have formed a US$500,000 consortium to integrate additive and subtractive metal manufacturing technologies.

Consortium for Advanced Hybrid Manufacturing – Integrating Technologies (CAM-IT) will be the nation's first consortium to create this type of roadmap, and also involves with manufacturing companies, academic partners, professional societies and research entities.

The project objectives are to:

  • Bring together stakeholders with the skills and needs to accelerate technical development in advanced metal additive manufacturing (AM) and hybrid manufacturing.
  • Identify and assimilate subject matter experts to identify major technological challenges to addressing manufacturing-industry needs, and accelerate the adoption of AM to fill industry-specified needs
  • Develop a technology roadmap to prioritize those challenges and define viable pathways and desired projects to collectively commercialize metal hybrid among SMEs, and to establish required supply chains
  • Develop a workforce training framework that will complement the existing skill sets in the industry and align it with the overall goals of CAM-IT.

Metal AM processes often produce parts that lack the tolerances, surface finish, and properties achievable with traditional manufacturing and thus require post-processing before they can be used within assemblies, the organisations say. There currently is no widely used system for integrating AM and secondary processing methods. 

This story is reprinted from material from Youngstown, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.