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DoD Releases Additive Manufacturing Roadmap

DoD Releases Additive Manufacturing Roadmap

This integrated DoD Additive Manufacturing (AM) Roadmap provides a foundation and framework for focusing any desired collaboration and coordination of the DoD’s activities in AM to systematically and efficiently mature the technology for multiple DoD applications. Individuals and organizations may utilize this strategic document to identify areas of focus and address roadmap objectives and technology elements together, where appropriate and beneficial.

To create the AM Roadmap, America Makes and Deloitte conducted a total of nine roadmapping workshops, facilitating two workshops with each Service/Agency and one joint workshop that brought stakeholders from all four organizations together.

The workshops aligned to the technical focus areas from the America Makes Technology Roadmap.  Each technical focus area is defined below:

  • Design – Drives technological advancements in new design methods and tools.
  • Material – Builds the body of knowledge for benchmark AM property characterization data and eliminating variability in “as-built” material properties.
  • Process – Drives technological advancements that enable faster, more accurate, and higher detail resolution AM machines.
  • Value Chain – Encourages technological advancements that enable step change improvements in end-to-end value chain cost and time to market for AM produced products.

Although technology development and transition requirement identification was the primary focus of the DoD Roadmapping workshops, enabling technology is critical to ensuring a robust AM ecosystem. Over the course of the workshop process, participants from Army, DLA, DON, and USAF identified four key enablers (non-technology factors/needs crucial to the eventual success of DoD AM efforts).

  • Cultural Change – Increasing knowledge of and comfort with AM, driving institutional acceptance.
  • Workforce Development – Readying the DoD workforce (acquisition, R&D, manufacturing, etc.) with the skills to harness AM.
  • Data Management – Developing the policies, architectures, and procedures to properly manage massive, multimodal AM data.
  • Policy Change – Modifying organizational governance to realize the benefits of AM.

This integrated DoD Additive Manufacturing (AM) Roadmap provides a foundation and framework for focusing any desired collaboration and coordination of the DoD’s activities in AM to systematically and efficiently mature the technology for multiple DoD applications. Individuals and organizations may utilize this strategic document to identify areas of focus and address roadmap objectives and technology elements together, where appropriate and beneficial.

A copy of the DOD AM Roadmap, as well as a trifold and short presentation on objectives and impact can be requested directly from DSIAC or downloaded from the America Makes website (https://www.americamakes.us/dod-amroadmap).

  • DOD AM Roadmap, 30 November 2016
  • DOD AM Roadmap Trifold, November 2016
  • DOD AM Roadmap Objectives and Impact, November 2016