AIM2LEARN: Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing (CSAM) for Rapid Fabrication of Large Format Parts

In this session, we will provide an overview of cold spray and the adaptation of cold spray as an additive manufacturing tool.  We will cover the benefits and drawbacks of CSAM, its use-case in relation to other metal additive techniques, and examples where CSAM has been utilized successfully.  The talk will round out with future applications and the advantageous position of southwestern PA to capitalize on rapid fabrication.

About the Presenter:

Michael P. Schmitt, CEO & Senior Research Scientist, HAMR Industries LLC

Michael Schmitt co-founded HAMR Industries LLC after receiving his Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from Penn State University.   His research focused on developing advanced thermal barrier coatings and processing techniques for next-generation gas turbine engines and resulted in numerous publications and filing two patents.  The desire to see these technologies transitioned from academic research into commercialized products led to the creation of HAMR Industries with his partner Dr. Jeremy Schreiber.  The company specializes in developing advanced materials and manufacturing processes for components functioning in extreme environments. A key aspect of the company is leveraging partnerships and collaborations with Universities and Laboratories to transition technology into the commercial market. HAMR target crosscutting applications in energy, aerospace, and defense, including hypersonics, gas turbine engines, space, directed energy weapons and protection, nuclear propulsion, nuclear fuel storage, plasma facing components, corrosion and molten salts. Though seemingly broad, these applications are all connected by the need for novel material solutions and are accomplished through advanced manufacturing methods such as additive manufacturing, field assisted sintering, multilayer chemical and physical vapor deposition, etc. We explore utilization of a variety of mixed oxides, carbides, borides, nitrides, ceramic composites, superalloys, refractory alloys, high entropy alloys, and cermets. As a small business, we must be agile and low cost to remain competitive, and this is accomplished by always incorporating computational methods in each and every program to reduce our development times and generate new and novel solutions.

This webinar is part of the AIM2LEARN education series that is hosted by the AIM Higher Consortium. Speakers present for 30 minutes on a topic relevant to the defense industry supply chain. Each webinar serves as a tool to help regional manufacturers improve their competitive advantage and strategies to expand business with the U.S. Department of Defense and the subcontractors that serve them. This webinar is available at no cost thanks to a grant provided by the Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (DoD-OLDCC). You can learn more about the AIM Higher Consortium at

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