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QCML and WIU received $1.5M of funding for Year 5 (2020-2021) on a ballistic protection research program with Army Research Lab and the University of North Texas

Quad City Manufacturing Lab and Western Illinois University were awarded $1.5M for Year 5 (July 2020-July 2021) of a ballistic protection research program with Army Research Lab and the University of North Texas. This program will build upon research from previous years and add substantial R&D capabilities to WIU-QCML. Funding will be used to acquire equipment to develop and synthesize customized alloys for metal additive manufacturing, which will be utilized in a new state-of-the-art powder bed metal 3D printing system. A complete retrofit of control systems and detectors within an existing scanning electron microscope will provide advanced analytical capabilities that are needed to characterize the microstructure and composition of 3D printed components in order to develop optimum 3D printing parameters for the newly developed alloys. The new alloys will be used to fabricate and test novel armor panel designs to create light-weight protection systems that will improve soldier and vehicle protection, which will reduce the burden on the warfighter, and ensure success in future US Army applications. Students in the WIU School of Engineering will be invited to apply for internships to gain hands-on research experience in this program.

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