Naval Additive Manufacturing Knowledge Delivery System (NAMKDS)

NCMS Project #: 140928

Problem: The maintenance and sustainment community across public and commercial industries consistently face repair parts obsolescence.  Data rights and availability of technical data packages are limited and in short supply across DoD and general public’s domains.  This limitation significantly affects the availability of 3D files leading to the need for a standardized, accredited, collaborative, and enduring source of knowledge, training, 3D file requisitioning, lessons learned, and safety and environmental specifications.

Benefit: Maintenance and sustainment organizations, consumers, and manufacturing industries at large, will have a faster way to procure licenses from a library of 3D-Print files resulting in a reduced contract, production, and delivery lead-times. Additional benefits include: 

  • Risk mitigation from the verification of prototyped designs through 3D-Printed solutions.
  • Increase learning by physically interacting with 3D-Printed items vice a visual representation on a computer screen.
  • Improved control of intellectual property, traceability of provenance of digital data when developing new products in globally competitive markets and provide secure means to share 3D-Print information.
  • Increase quality by quickly prototyping and conducting market testing of the product before full production runs. 

Solution/Approach: The Naval Additive Manufacturing Knowledge Delivery System (NAMKDS) concept is an ecosystem of Activities, Participants, and Information collaborating to share:

  • Trusted and authoritative 3D-Print files
  • AM knowledge and AM education, to customers from DoD, NATO, Coalition, and 3D-Printer hardware. 

The overall objective of NAMKDS is to provide a Lifecycle Management capability of “all things Additive Manufacturing” where consumers have ready access to validated print files, technical information, training, and shared experiences. 

Impact on Warfighter:

  • The ability to access 3D print files to help combat obsolescence, reduce long-lead times, offset unaffordable pricing, and support Battle Damage Assessment & Repair (BDAR) activities
  • The ability share locally-produced 3D print files and experiences with the entire AM Enterprise
  • The ability to locally access training and lessons learned to strengthen one’s knowledge of AM
  • A real-time group collaboration across DoD enterprise
  • Web-enabled delivery of 3D digital data and expeditionary facilities
  • A knowledge repository that delivers 3D technology information and training

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Marine Corps (observer)

Industry Participation:

  • United Global Group
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Maintenance management improvement

Focus Area:

  • Additive/advanced manufacturing