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Rapid Part Production to Support Austere End-User Needs

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Expeditionary military forces encounter novel, emerging and unexpected threats. Military units that can rapidly respond to and counter these threats will control the battlefield. A major threat to the success of these flexible units is the traditional method of delivering parts and supplies to the end user. Military logistics are historically inadequate at providing just-in-time delivery. Non-military operations that occur in austere environments also suffer from similar logistics issues. Oil and gas companies are investing in additive manufacturing technologies that can provide spare parts and low-volume components with shorter lead times by getting these technologies closer to the end-user. Similarly, support for disaster relief can be hindered due to responders not being able to obtain tools for search, rescue, medical aid, repair and rebuilding. The University of Delaware has partnered with SPEE3D to design, develop and fabricate components to support these and other logistically challenged areas. SPEE3D's supersonic particle deposition technology takes the speed and cost benefits of cold spray coating and combines that with the repeatability and flexibility of additive manufacturing. This presentation will focus on case studies of part production that have benefited end-users in austere environments like those mentioned above. Examples include vehicle components for military and construction equipment, devices for oil and gas exploration and tools for disaster relief. Need-based design, process optimization, and final part production will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of rapid manufacturing of metallic near net-shape components
  • Learn how design and process optimization can be used to create near net-shape components that can be used immediately after fabrication without the need for post-processing
  • Learn how AM techniques can be used to support the needs of end-users in austere environments