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NIMSI Members join Multi-Institutional Team on NSF sponsored ERC

Called the Hybrid Autonomous Manufacturing, Moving from Evolution to Revolution (HAMMER), the new Engineering Research Center (ERC) will develop and implement new manufacturing technologies for agile, high-performance and quality-assured components. HAMMER expects to shift the calculus of U.S. competitive advantage, rebuild the U.S. industrial base, create new high-skilled, highly paid jobs and unleash American ingenuity by providing cost-effective, local and customized production. The NSF grant will fund the new center across five years, with the ability to renew for another $26 million for an additional five years.

NIMSI members join this endevor in various expert roles. Jian Cao will lead HAMMER’s overall research to develop convergent manufacturing processes and systems. Wei Chen will co-lead HAMMER’s design research. Other NIMSI collaborators include Kornel Ehmann, Ping Guo and Bruce Carruthers.

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Cao, Ehmann and team win NAMRC 2022 Outstanding Paper Award

Authored by postdoctoral scholar Dominik Kozjek, Ph.D. students Fred Carter and Conor Porter, Professor Jian Cao and Professor Kornel Ehmann, and Dr. Jon-Erik Mogonye from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) (absent from photo), the paper "Data-driven prediction of next-layer melt pool temperatures in laser powder bed fusion based on co-axial high-resolution Planck thermometry measurements," presents novel ideas of improving control in additive manufacturing and was published in the SME Journal of Manufacturing Processes ( This work was supported by ARL to advance the fundamental understanding of additive manufacturing processes and technological development for process control. NAMRC is SME’s preeminent and longest-running international forum for manufacturing research and its industrial applications.