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Fleet Readiness Center – East Large Format Additive Manufacturing Research Projects

FRC-East is engaged in several research projects with industry under the umbrella of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA). Research work includes the following two projects devoted to sheet metal forming and composite tools printed built on two different large format printers; the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM-CI) machine manufactured by Cincinnati, Inc. (CI) and […]

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3-D Printing Is Changing Way Air Force Fixes Its Aging Planes

3-D Printing Is Changing Way Air Force Fixes Its Aging Planes Posted: 02 May 2017 01:58 PM PDT from https://www.defensetech.org/2017/05/02/3-d-printing-is-changing-way-air-force-fixes-its-aging-planes/?ESRC=eb_170503.nl Three-dimensional printing is becoming more prevalent in the defense industry, as engineers explore the process to make parts for the most sophisticated U.S. weapons, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles. But lesser-known projects have been in the […]

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First 3D-printed aircraft component takes to skies at FRCSE

Military pilots have to stay cool under pressure, and the first 3D-printed component at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast will help them stay that way. The forearm-length piece of air duct tubing, constructed with a composite material known as Ultum 1085, marked a major step forward for the Navy command that is charged with maintaining, repairing and overhauling aircraft. […]

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The Promise and Peril of 3D Printing

  The  military has been salivating over the potential for additive, or 3-D, printing for a number of years. No need for warehouses full of parts or an elaborate logistics system that flies crucial components to forward locations. Theoretically, just take a 3-D printer along on a deployment and any spare parts needed can be […]

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Defense AT&L Magazine (Nov-Dec 16 issue) : Special Edition – Additive Manufacturing

The long-anticipated Special Additive Manufacturing-Themed edition of Defense AT&L Magazine (Nov-Dec 16 issue) is now available at http://www.dau.mil/publications/DefenseATL/default.aspx.   The articles include: An Overview of Additive Manufacturing (Nov-Dec 16) <http://www.dau.mil/publications/DefenseATL/DATLFiles/Nov-Dec2016/Vitale%20et%20all.pdf> Ensuring a Safe Technological Revolution (Nov-Dec 16) <http://www.dau.mil/publications/DefenseATL/DATLFiles/Nov-Dec2016/Frazier%20et%20al.pdf> The Digital Thread as the Key Enabler (Nov-Dec 16) <http://www.dau.mil/publications/DefenseATL/DATLFiles/Nov-Dec2016/Bearden.pdf> Separating Hype from Reality (Nov-Dec 16) <http://www.dau.mil/publications/DefenseATL/DATLFiles/Nov-Dec2016/Langlais%20et%20al.pdf> […]

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GAO Highlights: DOD Needs to Systematically Track Department-wide 3D Printing Efforts

GAO determined that the Department of Defense’s (DOD) May 2014 additive manufacturing briefing for the Senate Armed Services Committee addressed the three directed elements—namely, potential benefits and constraints; potential contributions to DOD mission; and transition of the technologies of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (“America Makes,” a public-private partnership established to accelerate additive manufacturing) […]

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