Develop and Demonstrate Training Methods for Additive Manufacturing

NCMS Project #: 142022

Problem: The training for new technologies can be overwhelming for a company that’s trying to stay on the cutting edge of its industry because of the constant emergence of new, better software and hardware tools aimed at improving logistics, operations, maintenance, and sustainment functions.  The Marine Corps feels the same pain.  The number and breadth of technologies adopted by the Corps has surpassed its ability to properly train to and maximize the use of these technologies.

Benefit: While these technologies are centered around additive manufacturing, an extension of the training technologies and methodologies demonstrated during this initiative can be extended and applied across several other programs, such as unmanned aerial systems, robotics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous technologies.  This effort will help the Corps train to and fully utilize some of these evolving technologies and further inform industry through capability assessments and/or key performance parameters for continued commercial development.

Solution/Approach: Employee training and development is vital to every industry sector.  The purpose of this initiative is to develop formal training requirements, materials, and tools for maintenance and sustainment technology training endeavors, and demonstrated prototype tools and methods in the Marine Corps School House as a testbed for measure the effectiveness. 

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Increase efficiencies in processes and productivity
  • Expand capacity to adopt new technologies and methods
  • Reduce costs and risks of injury or waste
  • Improve warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools

Industry Participation:

  • Anglicotech, LLC
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Maintenance management improvement

Focus Area:

  • Training