America Makes announces that Platinum-level member, Northrop Grumman Corp., will release its proprietary developed, vetted, and certified Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) additive manufactured Nylon 12 Database to America Makes and its membership community with the goal of furthering the commercialization of Nylon 12 material within the additive manufacturing (AM) material supply chain. The Nylon 12 Database will be available to the membership community through the America Makes Digital Storefront.
Northrop Grumman will provide the Nylon 12 Database to America Makes through its participation in the @Program. Established in 2017, the @Program is a unique methodology to recognize and support the work and activities that members are likely already working on and that align to the mission objectives of America Makes. By supporting America Makes’ desire to cultivate a diverse and robust membership community, the @Program is helping to bring more visibility to the current AM ecosystem while making ongoing membership in America Makes more feasible.
“Northrop Grumman is the first member to make such a significant contribution to America Makes and our membership community,” said America Makes Membership Director, Tiffany Westbay. “The impact of this contribution will be felt industry-wide and we expect it will open the door for other America Makes members to share their intellectual property for the good of our community and the industry. Northrop Grumman by participating in the @Program is leveraging an important benefit that membership in America Makes affords them.”
Additionally, the Nylon 12 Database directly relates to the America Makes Technology Roadmap, which identifies measurable and meaningful challenges that, when met, promote inquiry, knowledge-sharing, and technical advancements across the AM industry. The Nylon 12 Database aligns to the Material Property Characterization critical technology element (CTE) under the Material swim lane of the Technology Roadmap. The Material swim lane focuses on the documentation of empirically based material characterization studies that correlate “as-built” specimen properties to raw material/powder characteristics aimed at improving the understanding of material-process-microstructure dependencies and generation of benchmark design allowable datasets.