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The DoD AM Strategy (January 2021) establishes a common vision for the use of this game-changing technology. You can find it at: https://www.cto.mil/dod-additive-manufacturing-strategy/.
Please join DAU and OSD for the FY20 "AM is Here!" live Webinar Series. The first webinar is Wed Nov 18, 2020 and features Ms. Tracy Frost, OUSD R&E, Director, Manufacturing Technologies Office who will host a Q&A with panelists:
CAPT X. Lugo, USN, OPNAV N414; Mr Eddie Preston, Chief Engineer to the USAF Rapid Sustainment Office; and Mr. Andrew Meighan, Defense Logistics Agency.
I'm looking for a graphic or document that specifically identifies where in the DoD aquisition process are the points at which parts should be selected, evaluated and programed for AM production.
In case you were not already attending the virtual event, the Air Force’s Additive Manufacturing Olympics (AMO) is underway, and so far has been quite interesting, thought-proving and engaging!
This virtual gathering includes cutting-edge speakers, virtual peer networking and technical experiences. Learn and discover new technologies from leaders across government, industry, academia and small business.
It continues through Friday 23 Oct.
Join at https://www.afrso.com/advanced-manufacturing-olympics/
Channel surfers rejoice! DAU this week launched new multi-media “AM Zone” channel specifically focused on the topic of Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)! Designed to complement DAU’s ever-more comprehensive portfolio of learning assets on this important multi-disciplinary topic, the AM Zone initially offers users access to a comprehensive playlist entitled “3D Opportunity – The Course on AM for Business Leaders” comprised of 7 lessons and 26 short, high-impact overview videos. Additional info at https://www.dau.edu/training/career-development/logistics/blog/Now-Premiering-The-New-DAU-AM-Zone
at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a
new method of 3D-printing gels and other soft materials. Published in a new
paper, it has the potential to create complex structures with nanometer-scale
precision. Read more at https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2020/09/nist-scientists-get-soft-3d-printing.
The Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office's (RSO) inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Olympics — AMO for short — will be held virtually this October. AMO will bring together a wide spectrum of participants from military, businesses, and academia to share insights on advanced manufacturing including 3D printing, artificial intelligence, automation and robotics, and more.
Next week, the RSO will be hosting an Ask Me Anything to share exclusive information, and open the floor to any questions regarding the virtual event. If you're looking forward to learning more about the mission and purpose behind AMO, join Dr. Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics on Thursday 6/25 at 12:30 pm EST.
Register and submit any questions here. <https://afrso.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=9e575ae4387f65930c36be2df&id=9cc331dd1e&e=0dce05b99e>
The initial release of the Joint Additive
Manufacturing Model Exchange (JAMMEX) is officially live for use and ready for
DoD users. The Exchange is a portal that
allows for cross Services viewing and sharing of 3D print technical data. Please take time to register and distribute
this information widely within the DoD. Access can be requested through DLA Account Management and Provisioning System. Go to amps.dla.mil to register. For questions contact J62HJAMMEXPMO@dla.mil
The Australian Army is utilizing metal 3D printing technology to make its supply chain more resilient and to reduce the time it takes to get replacement parts into the hands of Soldiers in the field. Read more about it here:
Check out this story on 3-D printed pliable concrete used to build homes and mentions applications for Defense Department and NASA. Beads of pliable concrete material are printed from an 11 foot tall printer weighing 3,800 lbs. https://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/3d-printed-homes-a-concept-turns-into-something-solid/2020/03/05/61c8b0d2-36e4-11ea-bf30-ad313e4ec754_story.html
An Airman from the 100th Maintenance Squadron, designed and 3D printed a pressurized leak detection cup for $15 and reduced the time needed to detect leaks in fuel tanks by 75%. Check out more details here: https://www.stripes.com/news/europe/airman-s-15-invention-could-save-the-air-force-millions-1.621344
Army Research Lab scientists have developed a cutting-edge filament capable of being used in off-the-shelf, low-cost 3D printers to produce mechanically strong, battlefield-ready parts. Read more about it at: https://www.army.mil/article/232723/army_scientists_develop_cutting_edge_durable_3d_printing_technology
Additive Manufacturing is not limited to the terrestrial environment. U.S. company Made In Space has already sent a "3D Printer" to the International Space Station. Another of its projects is Archinaut One where it plans to manufacture 10-meter solar arrays in orbit and attach them to a satellite bus in the 2022 timeframe. Read more about it at:
Check out the taped 13 Dec 2019 TRX Webinar: Additive Manufacturing for Executives, hosted by America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Three presenters from academia and industry provide an introduction to AM in a one hour taped webinar. View it on youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOB_wVPGilg
The article from Wired magazine is about the difficulty of getting parts for legacy aircraft and what the Air Force is doing about it. Dr. Roper (SAF/AQ) is sponsoring a new war game called the Air Force Advanced Manufacturing Olympics on 8-9 July 2020 in Salt Lake City.
Deployed Marines learn additive manufacturing from Carderock > Naval Sea Systems Command >
In 1986, Colorado-born inventor Chuck Hull received the first patent for a 3D printing technology. At the time, he told his wife that it would take roughly 30 years before the technology would be available for people to have at home.
Here is a recent article from USNI on the 11th MEU and its use of ADM during deployment:
The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC)
recently held a webinar presentation on "Energetic Materials Additive
Manufacturing." A video of the
webinar is available to view online on Defense Collaboration Services (DCS) via
CAC logon at https://www.dodtechipedia.mil/dodwiki/display/DSIAC/Webinars.
A PDF of the presentation is also available.
Government, industry, and academia/non-profit leaders are invited to participate in the upcoming 2020 Additive Manufacturing Workshop, 23-24, June 2020 that will be held at Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Crystal City, VA. This model workshop is a follow up to the Business Model Workshop held at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center, 18-19 June 2019. The purpose of this workshop is to address five foundational aspects of additive manufacturing necessary for DoD’s wide adoption of this game-changing capability.
The workshop is being sponsored by DoD’s Joint Additive Manufacturing Working Group, America Makes Additive Manufacturing for Maintenance and Sustainment Advisory Group and the Additive Manufacturing for Maintenance Operations (AMMO) Working Group. We are looking for government, industry and academia/non-profit to actively participate in the workshop. Five working groups will be assembled to focus on key integral areas. The teams will consist of key disciplines: Program Management, Legal, Engineering, Logistics (maintenance and supply), Enterprise IT, Cybersecurity, Training, Administration and Contracts. This event presents a unique opportunity for AM leaders and functional stakeholders to collaborate on key issues that pertain to leveraging additive manufacturing capabilities. To find out more details and to register for the event go to:
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