Boeing Defense on the role advanced manufacturing is playing in the production of its WGS-11+ satellite

One of the most critical resources that almost every modern, warfighting capability relies on is connectivity. In austere terrains or off-grid environments where traditional, terrestrial networks do not exist, satellite connectivity has emerged as the primary solution that the U.S.…

3 ways additive manufacturing and digital twins are transforming Air Force and Space Force supply chains

At the U.S. Air Force and Space Force, finding innovative and modernized processes to design, manufacture, and maintain their critical assets and weapons systems is a top priority. In fact, the mantra, “Accelerate change, or lose,” has become an unofficial…

Draper on the benefits additive manufacturing is delivering to the U.S. military

While each branch and organization that comprises the U.S. military is responsible for different domains and face different challenges, there is one challenge that every branch faces – the expensive and slow process of developing, maintaining, and repairing critical military…

Advanced Manufacturing and the Future of Making Things in the Marine Corps

In our last article on the GovDesignHub, we sat down with Capt. Matthew Audette, a project officer at the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) Advanced Manufacturing Operations Cell (AMOC), which the organization within the Marine Corps working to identify ways…

Increasing Readiness in the Marine Corps with Advanced Manufacturing

When military members and warfighters need a vehicle or tool to accomplish their mission, broken or malfunctioning parts are an unacceptable nuisance that stands in the way of mission success and completed objectives. When the mission requires something, warfighters and…

Safer, Faster, Cheaper – the Importance of the Jointless Hull Program

In our last article on the GovDesignHub, we featured an interview with Aaron LaLonde, PhD, a Additive Manufacturing Subject Matter Expert at the United States Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVCS), about a recently-announced project…

The Jointless Hull Project looks to make “giant” strides with additive manufacturing

In April of this year, it was announced that the U.S. Army would be working with ASTRO America and other industry partners on a truly revolutionary advanced manufacturing program – the Jointless Hull Project. This program involves the development of…

More money saved, less time spent: How additive manufacturing is transforming military supply chains

Upkeep of weapons systems and platforms is one of the top priorities and responsibilities of today’s military supply chain providers. But one challenge that the military is facing, with both modern and legacy systems, is whether to repair or completely…

Scratching the Surface: How Surface Engineering Fills in the Gaps that AM Leaves Behind

Prior to 3D printing’s arrival on the manufacturing scene, the US military supply chain was often met with lengthy and arduous timelines for critical asset production. This not only stalled the manufacture and repair of essential equipment within the military…

Additive manufacturing – the key to new materials necessary for NASA’s next missions

When it comes to exploring space, we’ve only begun to scratch the surface. Humans have walked on Earth’s moon and landed rovers on Mars. But there is still so much of our own solar system to explore and discover –…