Additive Manufacturing: Which DLA-Managed Legacy Parts are Potential AM Candidates
LMI Tysons United States
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LMI and its supporting partners were able to build, demonstrate, and successfully test using Military Service and DLA personnel an Additive Manufacturing AM Prescreening Decision Support Process that can quickly parse the millions of DLA-managed Class IX legacy spare parts to manageable groups of items potentially amenable to AM. The process minimizes research time to determine whether AM may be suitable for particular legacy Class IX parts on the basis of part attributes, such as material specifications and criticality, and logistics attributes such as item cost. However, in the end, the potential candidates still require an individual engineering review to determine whether and how they can be produced using AM. The decision support process allowed service partners an opportunity to evaluate AM technology by identifying DLA parts that are potential candidates for production using AM. This process could enable the routine use of AM in parts selection and manufacture, creating new efficiencies throughout the services, and further speeding support to the warfighter.