AMMO Monthly Meeting

On 13 December 2017, the Additive Manufacturing Maintenance Operations (AMMO) working group conducted a teleconference with over 45 participants. A summary follows:

AM Workshop Planning Discussion – Core Planning Team – Ray Langlais (LMI) mentioned that the next AM Wargame is scheduled for 30-31 May, 2018, at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Arlington, Virginia (same location as this year). The AM Wargame Planning Team will begin meeting on a regular basis after the holidays to begin the detailed planning process for the May event which will be a workshop rather than a simulation. Please review the 4 workshop sub-groups below and think about which one(s) you would like to participate on:

1) AM Contracts Guidance: The objective is to lay out acquisition processes and procedures with the inclusion of contractual language that will allow activities to fully leverage the unique logistical and technological advantages of AM, throughout the entire life cycle, beyond what is currently possible with other existing manufacturing methods. Guidance will incorporate recent government-industry collaboratively developed products at the OSD AM Wargame, the Naval AM Technical Interchange and other similar efforts.

Working Group Lead: CAPT Armen Kurdian

2) Development of Acquisition Policy Language for AM: There is a need to develop acquisition policy that considers the unique manufacturing capabilities that AM provides and how DoD can best utilize those capabilities to improve the effectiveness and efficiencies of sustaining DoD weapon systems.

Working Group Lead: COL Howard Marotto

3) Securing the AM Digital Thread via Blockchain Technology: In order to realize the full benefits of AM in a distributed environment, DoD must address the cyber security challenges of transporting the digital thread of Additive manufacturing (DTAM) across less secured networks. Additionally from the OEM viewpoint, each transfer and/or access of technical data outside of its immediate control is a potential liability issue, or a breach of intellectual property (IP).

Working Group Lead: CDR Steven Dobesh

4) Pathfinder Scenario Study of AM Repair Part: This working group will conduct an “End to End” Case Study Documentation of AM part delivery from desire to part order fulfillment.

Working Group Lead (TBD)

AM workforce development through University course – Federico Sciammarella, Northern Illinois University, provided a very informative brief on the NIU ARMM Lab and Additive Manufacturing Course @ CEET – NIU. He identified their objectives as: provide a comprehensive suite of integrated tools for process control and Additive Manufacturing part qualification, devise and test models that enable predictive process adjustments during the layer-by-layer, three-dimensional manufacturing method, and to guide the development of customized engineered materials tailored to the capabilities of specific AM technologies, eliminating much trial-and-error testing.

Maintenance and Sustainment Advisory Group Update – Marilyn Gaska (LM/America Makes) provided the following updates:
• Scott Gray from Elevate Systems spoke at the 14 Nov MMX Meeting
• Working meetings continue on parts classification efforts
• Ltc Blackwell from AFSC spoke about ways to leverage America Makes
• The Working Group on Parts Family classification is looking at criticality, and risk and has expanded participation. Airbus, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin all showed their approaches. NASA is also engaged. More detail is available in the meeting minutes.
The next meeting is January and new members are welcome.
• On the 15 DEC M&S call Mr. Jiten Shah, president of Product Development and Analysis (PDA) LLC., will present a case study overview in which the company leveraged reverse engineering and printed sand to address an OEM’s need for a locomotive part toolingless. Key outcomes Mr. Shah will discuss include how these advanced manufacturing capabilities enable cost avoidance for hard tooling and drastically reduce lead times.
• America Makes announced its next Project Call for Phase 3 of the “Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-Cost Sustainment (MAMLS)” program, funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Technology Division. Project Concept Submission Due Date is January 3, 2018. The 3 topic areas are:
o Feature-based Qualification using Directed Energy Deposition (DED)
o Understanding Manufacturing Realities of AM
o Emerging Process Technology for Low Criticality Part Families
• Proposals are due on Friday, February 23, 2018.
• For more information go to the America Makes website

Next Meeting: – The next AMMO WG call is scheduled for 10:30-12:00 am (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, 3 January 2018.

POC this action is Ray Langlais, LMI,, (571) 633-8019



NIU Course on AM 12-13-17

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Date(s) - 12/13/2017
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM