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Join us for "AM is Here" a webinar series with OSD and AM experts at https://www.dau.edu/events/Additive%20Manufacturing%20is%20Here%2018
The first webinar in the series is 18 Nov when a joint panel will answer questions on current Additive Manufacturing policy and strategy, processes and scale of implementation across the Services, and level of confidence in the use of AM. This first event of the series will be a business process focused panel of experts from across the DoD talking about the real state of AM today.
The DoD Maintenance Innovation Challenge is accepting abstracts due 2 OCT 2020. The winner has the potential for $50K and in-kind labor to support the Commercial Technology provider. See details at https://competition.ncms.org
A new Army study used sensors to monitor and measure 3-D printed steel parts. These measurements help to predict when parts will degrade or fail, and need replacement. Check it out at: https://www.army.mil/article/235755/new_army_3_d_printing_study_shows_promise_for_predictive_maintenance
The FDA entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH/NIAID), and is working with AmericaMakes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, to facilitate connections between patients and healthcare providers, local manufacturers with capabilities, and designs for needed medical products. This MOU provides a framework for collaboration intended to facilitate regulatory and basic science innovation with 3D printing technologies to respond to COVID-19. Through this collaboration, the U.S. government and partners will help ensure that veterans and civilians have access to the most innovative medical solutions and technologies, including medical products that are manufactured close to the patient or at point-of-care. The FDA also issued FAQs on 3D printing of Medical Devices during COVID-19 for entities who 3D print devices, accessories, components, and/or parts during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-daily-roundup-march-26-2020
Ms. Kristen Baldwin, Deputy Director for Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation and Mr. Robert Gold, Director for Technology and Manufacturing Industrial Base, recognized individuals from the Joint Additive Manufacturing Working Group (JAMWG) for their exceptional leadership and vision for the defense manufacturing community. The four awards presented for driving progress in additive manufacturing for the benefit of DoD are:
o Leadership in Additive Manufacturing - Mr. Greg Kilchenstein, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness
o Collaboration Champion - Dr. Mark D. Benedict, Air Force Research Laboratory
o Technical Excellence - Dr. Jennifer Wolk, Office of Naval Research
o Operational Excellence - Dr. Dennis Butcher, Air Force Research Laboratory
The following individuals were nominated, and their tremendous contributions also acknowledged: Mr. Luis Antonio Delgado, DLA; Ms. Catrina Murphy, DLA; Dr. Alan Pentz, Navy; Ms. Melissa Pratt, DLA; and CDR Patrick Veith, Navy.
Check out the new Calendar function on the AM CoP to see events for the Additive Manufacturing Community. These events have been highlighted by OSD's Additive Manufacturing for Maintenance Operations Working Group.
The Defense Manufacturing Conference is in Phoenix, AZ from December 2-5, 2019. Three Technical Sessions related to Joint Additive Manufacturing Working Group (JAMWG) will occur on Wed afternoon and Thursday morning. Go to dmcmeeting.org for more information.
The AMSC roadmap describes 93 gaps where no published standard or specification currently exists to respond to a particular industry need. These gaps have been compiled in an interactive, online portal with updates on progress to develop standards provided by standards developing organizations (SDOs) and other subject matter experts.
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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine have published, "Data-Driven Modeling for Additive Manufacturing of Metals: Proceedings of a Workshop."
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SAE® is hosting a webinar on new Additive Manufacturing Standards for the aerospace industry on Tuesday May 2, 2017. Also, for additional information on AM standards, visit the "Specifications & Standards" site on the this Additive Manufacturing Community of Practice (AM CoP).
As part of the launch of the new DAU website, twenty new Functional Area Community Gateways are now available to serve the Defense Acqusition Workforce. Among others, new gateways include Life Cycle Logistics, Systems Engineering, and Production, Quality & Manufacturing.
Did you know that the Department of Defense (DoD) has a robust and active team focused on maintenance, supply chain management, logistics and product support aspects of Additive Manufacturing? If not, check out the multi-service, multi-agency, multi-organizational Additive Manufacturing for Maintenance Operations (AMMO) web site for additional information.
According to the website, the very active AMMO Working Group "is chartered to develop an integrated DoD strategic vision and facilitate collaborative tactical implementation of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology in support of DoD's global weapon system maintenance enterprise. The AMMO WG activity will include development of OSD guidance recommendations, selection and prioritization of opportunities to employ AM technology, coordination and standardization of AM activities into established DoD maintenance processes and procedures, and preparation and maintenance of the AMMO Roadmap.
AM technology is an evolutionary development of historical Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology. While CNC removes unwanted material, AM adds material to create a finished product. AM is often called "3D Printing" and includes various processes used to create a three-dimensional object by layering material under computer control. The capability to robotically fabricate high quality metal parts dramatically expanded the practical application of AM technology, and industry has been quick to capitalize on the technology's potential. In recent years, DoD's maintenance activities, particularly its maintenance depots, have been working to complement current CNC capabilities with new AM capabilities."
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