The Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation (FIERF) approved $103,000 for 2014 research and education projects at four universities. The projects, which will involve seven students, are: Additive Manufacturing Versus Forging Fabrication – A Comparative Study, Case Western Reserve University and Wharton Business School; A Study on the Effect of Violating Forging Hammer Manufacturers Recommendations, Cleveland State University; Ultra-Fine Grain Processing of Steel Billet, Illinois Institute of Technology; and Exploration of New Forging Die Materials, University of North Texas.