This Year's Topics to Include:
- Innovations in Advanced Additive Manufacturing
- Logistical Support on Demand: Flattening the Supply Chain in Support of the Warfighter
- Leveraging Practical Maintenance & Sustainment Solutions to Reduce Operational Costs
- Improving Mission Readiness through Utilization of AM Technologies
- Utilizing Additive Manufacturing to Reduce Strain on Existing Supply Chains
- DoD Perspective on Enhancing the Industrial Base’s Additive Manufacturing Capabilities
- US Navy Perspective towards Additive Manufacturing: Leveraging the Technology to Enhance the Fleet Durability & Readiness
- Redefining Manufacturing: Rapid Prototyping to Functional Production
- Bringing Additive Manufacturing Capabilities to the Point of Need
- Providing On-Demand Fulfillment & Reducing Dependence on Resupply Missions
- Improving the Functionality of 3D Printed Parts and Equipment through AM Innovation
Why You Should Attend the Military Additive Manufacturing Summit
- According to recent reports, the worldwide 3D printing industry is expected to grow to $12.8 Billion in 2018, and is projected to exceed $21 billion by 2020. Manufacturers across a broad spectrum of industries including automotive, aerospace, high tech, and medical products are all piloting and using 3D printing technologies today. However, the US Military is taking an extremely active role in implementing the unique set of tools that additive manufacturing has proven that it can offer to units in resource scarce environments operating under restricted time schedules.
- Through the use of 3D printing solutions, the Military is able to enhance the maintenance and sustainment capabilities needed to reduce downtime; minimize the costs associated with having to purchase, transport, and store additional resources; offer more operational flexibility to leaders in the field of logistics; and provide units in remote locations with the ability to reduce the size of their supply chains becoming more self-sufficient and agile in isolated and contested environments.
- Additionally, the latest innovation in this field is metal additive manufacturing. This is accomplished by taking a base material, usually in the form of a metal powder and using heat generated by lasers to build a form. Other materials are being explored for additive manufacturing as well. We are beginning to move beyond 3d printing only being extruded plastic polymers and the military is particularly interested in this. The Navy has taken the first steps to explore this technology and the other branches are engaged as well. This forum will offer additive manufacturing solution providers, members from Government, and leaders in academia the opportunity to hear from some of the US Military’s most senior and qualified subject matter experts on the future role of additive manufacturing in the Defense industry.
Operating Guidance for Government Attendees
- DSI’s Summit directly supports DoD, IC, and Government priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department's mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.
- DSI’s Summit will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.
This Summit is CLOSED TO PRESS / NO RECORDINGS
- The Summit is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.
- (Industry and academia members are charged a fee for admission)
Participating organizations at last year’s Summit:
- NAWCAD; Department of Energy, NETL; Missile Defense Agency; U.S. Army AMRDEC; NASA; NAVAIR; Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division; SASPO United States Air Force; US Army AMCOM/AMRDEC; Defense Logistics Agency; US Army Manufacturing Technology; United States Air Force; OPNAV N4; US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT); NAVAIR; NAVAIR Additive Manufacturing, 6.8 Innovation Cell; United States Department of State; USAF Materials and Manufacturing Directorate ; DoE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory; 62 MXS/USAF; SPAWAR SSC PAC; Royal Navy; USAR/AFSOC; 1st Maintenance Battalion, EXMAN; USAF AFMC OO-ALC; USCENTCOM J4; HQ US CENTCOM CJ4