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Towards Production of Additive Manufacturing Grade Metallic Powders on the Battlefield

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US Army Research Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground United States

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The concept of manufacturing at the point of need in austere environments would provide many advantages to the military, including increased operational readiness, a reduction of the logistics tail, and a tactical advantage over our adversaries. Additional benefits of this technology include a reduction of energy and material costs related to less reliance on transportation. Research at the US Army Research Laboratory is showing that agile, expeditionary manufacturing could be accomplished through the use of materials indigenous to the location of our operating bases. Indigenous materials include not only the organic and inorganic materials naturally occurring in the area, but could also include recycled materials from the operating bases metals, polymers, etc. as well as battlefield scrap. This report highlights some of this research.

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  • Properties of Metals and Alloys
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems

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