WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded $120,000 to Wright State University in Dayton to better understand surface formation across alloy systems in laser powder bed fusion.

“Ohio is a known leader in manufacturing. We’re building on that legacy by making new investments in advanced manufacturing research, which will help to create jobs,” said Brown.  “Not only will this investment support faculty and students at Wright State University, but it will also help Ohio’s small businesses and manufacturers compete with anyone.”

Wright State will use these funds to support graduate students and faculty as they research additively manufactured parts and their surface characteristics with NIST. This research will benefit the public as Wright State and NIST work to provide research on how surface characteristics of additively manufactured super alloys are affected under high stress conditions.

The NIST Technology Innovation Program supports high-risk research in 21st century technologies that address critical national needs. The merit-based, competitive program provides cost-shared funding for research projects by single small-sized or medium-sized businesses or by joint ventures that also may include institutions of higher education, nonprofit research organizations and national laboratories.