High Speed Metal 3D Printing for Improved Sustainment – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142068

Problem: In order to successfully provide rapid sustainment solutions, industry and government must adapt to technological advancements and leverage both current and emerging technologies. Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, allows for rapid sustainment and decreased Maintenance Cycle Times (MCT) by providing repair parts quickly, locally (at or near the point of need), and in many cases cheaper than OEM.

Benefit: This project can be used as a blueprint for private industry supply chains to integrate rapid 3D printing as an alternative source of supply and manufacturing, ultimately reducing overall supply chain costs, reducing customer wait time, and passing savings on to the consumer.

Solution/Approach: Phase I investigated a technology that was based on a common, widely used stainless steel material, to initially validate applicability for 3D metal printing technology.  Phase II will build up on that success, by expanding the research through demonstration of a new (and previously unavailable) stainless steel that has the potential for greater capability across a broad range of applications providing a combination of high strength, good corrosion resistance, and good mechanical properties.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Streamline and shorten supply chain 
  • Enhance training and skills for workforce 
  • Reduce logistical requirements and maintenance costs 
  • Increase warfighter readiness 

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Marine Corps

Industry Participation:

  • Parmatech Corporation
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Additive manufacturing