Raytheon Technologies and the Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have chosen 3D Systems metal additive manufacturing solutions for a research project.

The project is titled ‘Research for Virtual Design and Qualification Process for Additively Manufactured Parts Optimised for Multi-Laser Machines’.

It has been awarded through the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences’ (NCMS) Advanced Manufacturing, Materials, and Processes (AMMP) programme.

The project is aimed at optimising a ‘component relative to an army modernisation product’ to increase cooling and enhance the overall performance of the system.

According to 3D Systems, additive manufacturing (AM) will be used to address this need and the thermal application requires a large frame AM system.

CCDC ARL Weapons and Materials Directorate deputy programme manager Brandon McWilliams said: “The novel integration and concurrent design of structures, materials, and processes to create topologically optimised heat exchangers will enable disruptive advancements in munitions technology in support of multiple Army Modernization Priorities.”

3D Systems’ DMP Factory 500 solution will support the research effort.

The company will work alongside Raytheon, the Penn State Applied Research Lab, Johns Hopkins University and Identify3D for the research project.

3D Systems co-founder and chief technology officer Chuck Hull said: “Our work with the Army Research Laboratory is taking 3D Systems’ technology in new directions.

“We’re able to combine our metal 3D printing innovation with unique advancements in process modelling and monitoring, data security, and topology optimization to deliver an unparalleled solution.”

In July 2019, the US Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (ARL) awarded a contract to 3D Systems to develop a 3D printer to add significant capabilities to the supply chain.