Digital Manufacturing Integration for Supply Chains – Phase III

NCMS Project #: 142066

Problem: An integrated digital manufacturing capability that provides for modularity of systems and optimization of parts will facilitate improved point-of-need distribution, while also quickly and accurately assessing integration of designs into larger scale parts, and by extension entire systems, that can be manufactured on demand to meet specific maintenance or sustainment requirements.

Benefit: This initiative will follow a rapidly paced development process, architected to demonstrate (and deliver) incremental capabilities that ultimately impact the end consumer.  These brainstorming demonstrations, executed as Campfires, will illustrate how the inherent platform and service enhancement and expansion options further supports the management of maintenance and sustainment lifecycle costs included as part of the digital manufacturing model.  

Solution/Approach: In Phase II, the team is further developing components for one robotic combat vehicle (RCV) concept chosen from Phase I.  Components from the design will be transferred during Phase III to the Digital Proving Ground (DPG), a cloud-based engineering system that will enable real-time collaboration while ensuring that all users have the most advanced design tools available.  Phase III will validate virtual testing through physical testing of coupons and components while leveraging further design iteration utilizing the DPG secure cloud environment.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduce maintenance and sustainment costs 
  • Re-usability, flexibility and rapid implementation of manufacturing designs 
  • Validate new capabilities 
  • Increase warfighter readiness and mission success 

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • U.S. Special Operations Forces Veterans
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Industry Participation:

  • Hackrod
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Improved readiness
  • Energy efficiency

Focus Area:

  • Additive manufacturing