RESEARCH FOCUS AREAS

CCAM researchers solve current and complex manufacturing challenges in collaboration with its members in the following four research focus areas:

Additive Manufacturing

Process for creating a three-dimensional object in which material is joined or solidified under computer control (such as liquid molecules or powder grains being fused together)

Whether you are working with high-precision laser powder bed fusion, versatile directed energy deposition for fabricating complex shapes, or high deposition rate electron beam wire feed for large structural parts in high temperature alloys, CCAM has the facilities, expertise and experience to initiate or refine the additive manufacturing product line you require.

Expertise

materials engineering | process development | machining | metrology | non-destructive evaluation | accelerated performance testing

Focus

machine vision | modeling and simulation | robotic programming | sensor instrumentation

Additive Manufacturing at Work

CCAM

Additive Manufacturing

We combine expertise in materials engineering, process development, machining, metrology, non-destructive evaluation and accelerated performance testing. Our additive support teams also specialize in modeling and simulation, sensor instrumentation, robotic programming, and machine vision. Whether you are working with high precision laser powder bed fusion, versatile directed energy deposition for fabricating complex shapes, or high deposition rate electron beam wire feed for large structural parts in high temperature alloys, we have the facilities and expertise to initiate or refine an additive manufacturing product line for you.

Mission

Solutions-focused additive program offering design, optimization, repair, process and product qualification

Value Proposition

  • Production-ready development of additive manufacturing processes
  • Readily available additive machine platforms in multiple formats
  • In-house expertise in materials, characterization, testing and simulation
  • Digital thread for additive infrastructure
  • Opportunities for federal matching funds

Capabilities and Services

Small-to-Large Scale Additive Research

  • A center of innovation and discovery
  • A membership-based collaborative research center
  • Production-ready manufacturing solutions
  • Transitioning additive to industry and government

Providing External Services

  • CT scanning of full-scale parts
  • Additive prototypes or preproduction lots
  • Characterization of metal powders
  • Additive mechanical testing: fracture, fatigue, strength
  • Fabrication of replaceable parts certified for service

Machining of Additive Parts

  • Machining protocols before and after heat treatment
  • Understanding machining of fit, converging features and cooling arrays
  • Multi-material part machining
  • Highly interrupted cutting
  • Near-net shape fabrication

Capabilities and Services:

Designing and Producing Multi-Material Systems

  • New synthesis and processing methods
  • Hierarchical composites
  • Computational materials research
  • Novel microstructures and space lattices
  • Joining dissimilar additive materials

Optimizing Additive Designs for Performance

  • Combining 3D printing and sintering
  • Fatigue crack growth rates
  • Open-cell porous metals
  • Process parametric studies
  • Modeling of corrosion behavior

 

The Team

Jeffrey Burdick
Yuri Plotnikov, Ph.D.
Kyle Snyder
Cameron Gygi
John Sions
Ben Zimmerman (Team Leader)

Interested?

Contact the CCAM Team today:
info@ccam-va.com | (804) 722-3700

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