Defense Additive Manufacturing: DOD Needs to Systematically Track Department-wide 3D Printing Efforts
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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.
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems