Accession Number : ADA625492


Title :   Defense Additive Manufacturing: DOD Needs to Systematically Track Department-wide 3D Printing Efforts


Corporate Author : GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a625492.pdf


Report Date : Oct 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 51


Abstract : Additive manufacturing building products layer-by-layer in a process often referred to as three-dimensional (3D) printing has the potential to improve aspects of DOD s mission and operations. DOD and other organizations, such as America Makes, are determining how to address challenges to adopt this technology throughout the department. Senate Report 113-44 directed DOD to submit a briefing or report on additive manufacturing to the Senate Armed Services Committee that describes three elements. Senate Report 113-176 included a provision that GAO review DOD s use of additive manufacturing. This report addresses the extent to which (1) DOD s briefing to the Committee addresses the directed elements; (2) DOD has taken steps to implement additive manufacturing to improve performance, improve combat capability, and achieve cost savings; and (3) DOD uses mechanisms to coordinate and systematically track additive manufacturing efforts across the department. GAO reviewed and analyzed relevant DOD documents and interviewed DOD and academia officials.


Descriptors :   *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , *MANUFACTURING , *PRINTING , *THREE DIMENSIONAL , MEDICAL EQUIPMENT , MISSIONS , PARTS , PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING) , PRODUCTION , PROTOTYPES


Subject Categories : Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE