Towards Point-of-Need Manufacturing to Replace Failed Components on the Battlefield

  • Marc Pepi US Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005
  • Nicole Zander US Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005
  • Ian Jaqua Montana Tech, Butte, MT, 59701
  • Bill Gleason Montana Tech, Butte, MT, 59701
  • Courtney Young Montana Tech, Butte, MT, 59701
Keywords: Expeditionary manufacturing, Military logistics. Battle damage repair.

Abstract

The DoD is intrigued with "point of need" manufacturing as a means of being able to produce parts “on-demand” in extreme environments such as on a forward operating base, or on a ship, to increase our operational readiness, and reduce our huge military logistics tail. Additionally, research is being performed to determine whether recycled, reclaimed and/or indigenous materials can be utilized as feedstock for these components. However, there are
technical challenges that need to be overcome to fully achieve this capability in the future. One such challenge is part quality, and whether such parts can provide a true replacement for military components.

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Published
2019-03-29
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Articles