The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has reached an agreement with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) to support the advanced manufacturing, materials and processes (AMMP) programme.
The AMMP programme has been designed to solve the complexities of additive manufacturing and respond to the requirements for affordable, complex parts that currently cannot be readily built.
Under the programme, the US Government, as well as industry and academic partners, will collaborate to carry out scientific advances in metallurgy and plastics.
In addition, the partnership will concentrate on the launch of new factory machinery that will help transform the way the US manufacturers build aircraft, automobiles, munitions, medical devices and other products.
To be funded through a number of contracts, the AMMP technology projects will help advance and develop advanced, non-traditional technologies.
Under the agreement, the NCMS will be responsible for managing the AMMP consortium, which will support the development of the quick and precise additive manufacturing technology.
The AMMP programme will help develop new solutions to meet the US Army’s six modernisation priorities, which include long-range precision fire, a next-generation combat vehicle, future of vertical lift platforms, army network, air and missile defence capabilities, and soldier lethality.
The army has released the first Request for Prototype Proposals (RPP) to the AMMP members for additive manufacturing of new and advanced high-strength aluminium alloys.
The programme focuses on reducing time to market, manufacturing stronger and lighter parts, enhancing efficiency, reducing waste, generating complex geometries and providing advanced materials.
AMMP will help improve industrial base capabilities for upgrading the army’s weapon system performance, speed, fuel efficiency and force protection.