On 14 April 2021, the Additive Manufacturing Maintenance Operations (AMMO) working group conducted a teleconference with approximately 55 participants. A summary follows:
Introduction: Greg Kilchenstein (OSD-MR) welcomed the group and provided an overview of the agenda.
Fast Radius: Convert Your Parts to AM – Bill King and Dan Healy of Fast Radius discussed a “Step-by-step playbook” on how to convert your parts to additive manufacturing. They stated that Fast Radius has created a best-in-class framework — the Fast Radius Additive Adoption Map, which provides a comprehensive overview of all the possible steps involved in additive production, but, note that not every project requires every step. In this presentation, they focused on converting an existing part from a traditional manufacturing production process to an additive manufacturing process. They described the steps needed to make that conversion, which are depicted in the playbook in a four phase approach: Discover, Design, Make, and Fulfill. For more information, contact Fast Radius.
June AM Virtual Workshop – Greg Kilchenstein (OSD-MR) provided a status of the ongoing planning for the 2021 virtual AM Workshop to be conducted 14-21 June. There will be a few format changes from last year:
- Working groups will consist of seven key disciplines
- Working groups meet 4 hours on Tuesday & Thursday
- There will be a “University Day” with optional sessions on Wednesday
The seven working groups are:
- R&D to Advance Qualification and Certification
- Education and Workforce Development
- AM Standards
- Integrated AM Network Response
- AM Decision Making – Business Case Analysis
- AM Acceptability – Common AM Data Package Approach (JAMA) – Tuesday Only
University Topics are:
- One Size Doesn’t Fit All: The Role for Technology in Meeting the Multiple Workforce Challenges in Manufacturing
- Training: JAMMEX Introduction (Gov’t Only)
- DoD Additive Manufacturing Draft Guidebook Review
- Cybersecurity in Manufacturing Workforce
A brief outline of the agenda:
- June 14 (Day1) Opening Remarks, Overview, & Work Group Intro Briefs
- June 15 (Day 2) Working Group Sessions
- June 16 (Day 3) “University Day” (Optional Sessions)
- June 17 (Day 4) Working Group Sessions
- June 21 (Day 5) Overview, Working Group Out Briefs, Closing Remarks
To view the abstracts for each working group and optional session, and to register, go to: https://ammo.ncms.org/events/2021-additive-manufacturing-workshop/
America Makes Mx and Sustainment Advisory Group Update – Marilyn Gaska (LMCO) provided an update that included the following:
- March monthly meeting
- Preparing for virtual 2021 AM Workshop. (See above section) /
- Provided an update on an AM Technology project from Center Street Technologies. If you are interested, they are sharing materials information.
- On March 23-24 there was a virtual Technical Review & Exchange (TRX). Presentations are available in the Digital Library for members.
- Upcoming events include AMSC events and Rapid Innovation Calls with a call on aircraft involving the FAA. The call for abstracts is out and there will be a conference in Florida in August.
- Next meeting is 15 April
MxD Update – Frederico Sciammarella (MxD) presented a project call on “Artificial Intelligence Design Advisor”. An RFP has been released. The pitch session is on 20 April with proposals due on June 10.
https://www.mxdusa.org/projects/ai-design-advisor/ link to project all and also if interested in teaming.
Next Meeting: – The next AMMO WG call is scheduled for 10:30-12:00 am (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, 5 May 2021.
POC for this action is Ray Langlais, LMI, firstname.lastname@example.org, (571) 633-8019
Fast Radius: Convert Your Parts to AM – Bill King (Fast Radius) and Dan Healy
Q1 What specifically has Fast Radius done to support the Marine Corps?
A1. We recently presented our work with USMC at AMUG. We continue to work with USMC on a variety of projects.
Q2. You mentioned quality control. How often does your customer require your product to go through First Article Testing and how do you support that?
A2. For production applications, a customer typically requests first article inspection. We have one of the very best additive manufacturing quality systems in the world. We serve many Fortune 500 companies, and in most cases we are the first and only additive manufacturing supplier to these companies with an approved quality system.
Q3. Is fast radius manufacturing flight critical parts for customers? Can you discuss quality, test, and certification processes?
A3. We are not doing flight critical parts right now. We have a couple customers interested, but we have not turned it on yet. We are in mature discussions with possible clients and will turn it on soon for the right customer.
Q4. Does your normal business relationship with clients address product liability and warranty issues when the Additive Manufacturing data is supplied by the client?
A4. The liability is the same as with any other manufacturing partner. It is the same as CNC parts, injection molding parts, etc. Our customers are happy to accept the same business terms.
Q5. How are you addressing cyber security concerns, especially with geopolitical issues in Asia?
A5. We have several big customers who were concerned about IT security. We have been rigorously audited by them and we passed with flying colors. We have the ability to control with U.S citizens only, especially U.S. manufacturers.
Q6. Are there limitations to what materials you use in your manufacturing processes?
A6. Cloud manufacturing platform is material agnostic. It can be extended to any type of manufacturing. Our AM uses polymers, while other manufacturing types use other materials.