Frederick J. Herman, Manager- Engineering and Technical Services, SHEPRA Inc
Jason Ray, Consultant, JTR and Associates
Additive Manufacturing has a significant potential to impact the support, maintenance and sustainment of military and commercially fielded systems ranging from aircraft to earth moving equipment. Because the aerospace and defense sector is a lead user in additive manufacturing technology, it will have a significant role in determining how this will come about. However, in order for the Department of Defense to meet is operational needs and requirements, Additive Manufacturing will need to be technically and economically viable by commercial tier three OEMs. The presentation will provide a brief overview of policy and procedure, including technological and economic issues that must be holistically addressed in order for this to happen. Areas to be addressed will be methodologies for component selection and approval, creation of the technical data packages and intellectual property ownership of them, Total Cost of Ownership impacts associated with Additive Manufacturing and achieving economic and technical viability of Additive Manufacturing with in the entire logistics chain.