Implications of Additive Manufacturing Deployed at the Tactical Edge
Defense Acquisition University Aberdeen Proving Ground United States
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Additive manufacturing AM has the potential to provide game-changing capability to deployed Special Operations Forces SOF. AM is an alternative method of producing objects in which material is deposited added to create the finished product. Traditional or subtractive manufacturing removes material from a larger product Drushal, 2013. Recent research about AM, particularly in support of Department of Defense activities, has not considered the use of AM in a tactical setting, but instead has focused on applying AM in lieu of traditional manufacturing and supply chain management.