• Lance Hall, an engineer with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, describes his six-month assignment working in the Additive Manufacturing Lab at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

    Army engineer assigned to NASA Additive Manufacturing Lab

    Lance Hall, an engineer with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, describes his six-month assignment working in the Additive Manufacturing Lab at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

  • Dale Thomas, associate director-technical at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and James Lackey, acting executive director at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, sign the charter establishing an Additive Manufacturing Integrated Product Team between the two organizations, May 2, 2014.

    AMRDEC-MSF Additive Manufacturing IPT Charter Signing

    Dale Thomas, associate director-technical at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and James Lackey, acting executive director at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, sign the charter establishing an Additive...

  • Dale Thomas, associate director-technical at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and James Lackey, acting executive director at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, sign the charter establishing an Additive Manufacturing Integrated Product Team between the two organizations, May 2, 2014.  IPT members and representatives present for the signing are Dr. Amy Grover, Artesha Bishop, Pete Black, Thomas, Lackey, Patrick O'Linger, Katherine Olson, Keith Roberts, Joel Wise, and Dr. Phil Farrington.

    AMRDEC-MSF Additive Manufacturing IPT Charter Signing

    Dale Thomas, associate director-technical at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and James Lackey, acting executive director at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, sign the charter establishing an Additive...

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Army Technology Magazine
May/June 2014 Focus: Soldier of the Future

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (May 22, 2014) -- Additive manufacturing is changing the way organizations design and manufacture products around the world.

Here, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, known as AMRDEC;, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, known as MSFC; and the University of Alabama in Huntsville, are leading a collaborative effort to share knowledge and resources to promote this emerging technology.

Additive manufacturing, or AM, refers to a process by which digital 3-D design data is used to build up a component by depositing successive layers of liquid, powder, paper, or sheet material. Many, including President Barack Obama, have identified additive manufacturing as a potential game changer with important implications to national security and the federal government.

In May, leaders from AMRDEC and MSFC officially established an Additive Manufacturing Integrated Product Team. The IPT's mission is to engage in research and development efforts that advance the state of the art in AM to ensure that Team Redstone can capitalize on the rapid advancements in this technology.

Members of the IPT include, from AMRDEC, Dr. Amy Grover, Brian Harris, Keith Roberts, William Alvarez, Pete Black, and Patrick Olinger; and from MSFC, Niki Werkheiser, Ken Cooper, and Erin Betts.

"When you come to learn and appreciate the potential of AM, it's hard not to judge this as a true game-changer; one that will ultimately have far reaching, historical impacts onto our society at-large," said acting AMRDEC Director James Lackey.

AMRDEC is looking currently at trade studies investigating AM, to minimize cost and optimized performance of missile structures, using topology optimization routines to enhance design and analysis of AM built structures, and characterizing materials and processes for specific missile applications.

"Teaming with NASA MSFC and other partners, AMRDEC will investigate procurements of AM machines to support our research needs, build a cadre of engineers and scientists savvy on this technology, fabricate and performance test qualify components for ground and flight test," he said.

Dr. Dale Thomas, Marshall Center's associate director, technical, signed the IPT charter for NASA.

"Additive manufacturing is a step toward the future," he said. "It is changing the way organizations design and manufacture products around the world, and space is one of the key places where humanity will see the impact of this technology."

The agreement was facilitated by Phil Farrington, professor of industrial and systems engineering and engineering management at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

"This effort continues a long tradition of collaboration between the AMRDEC and Marshall. This exciting new technology has the potential to radically change the way we manufacture aerospace and defense systems," said Farrington. "One of the team's goals is to identify additive manufacturing research and development needs of greatest importance to the defense and space community."

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AMRDEC is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers.

RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.

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