Towards Production of Additive Manufacturing Grade Metallic Powders on the Battlefield

Report No. ARL-RP-0618
Authors: Marc Pepi
Date/Pages: October 2017; 16 pages
Abstract: 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.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: October 1, 2017