U.S. Air Force researching advanced manufacturing techniques for replacement parts

By the USAF

Aug 02, 2016

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The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a $10 million research project for refining the efficiency of Air Force aircraft part replacements to the America Makes - National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown, Ohio.

This will be the first project under a new five-year cooperative agreement between AFRL and America Makes, which was created to help advance the U.S. 3D printing industry, also known as additive manufacturing.

“The goal of this Directed Project Opportunity is to improve the efficiency of Air Force air logistics complexes in rapidly replacing parts for legacy and other military aircraft by developing, demonstrating and guiding the transition to the use of additive manufacturing and other types of related advanced manufacturing technology,” said Dennis Butcher, the America Makes program manager.

Read the full story at af.mil.

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