Army researchers talk 3-D printing at national meeting

May 12, 2016

By Joyce M. Conant, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics hosted two Army materials scientists at its annual meeting
  • Committee serves as a focal point for charting future priorities in mechanics related research, applications and education
  • ARL researchers discuss current research thrusts in additive manufacturing

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 2, 2016) – The U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics hosted two Army materials scientists at its annual meeting at the National Academies in Washington, D.C., April 22.

The group represents the United States in national and international activities related to the broad science of mechanics, including related sciences, engineering and mathematics. It serves as a focal point for charting future priorities in mechanics related research, applications and education.

Dr. Mark Tschopp and Larry Holmes presented "ARL and Additive Manufacturing" and spoke about ARL's organization, its history, technology transfer and research thrusts of additive manufacturing, to include open campus efforts available in the area of additive manufacturing.

"It is our custom to invite distinguished engineers and scientists to give us their perspective on activities in Washington and the nation that intersect with the broad field of civil, aerospace, manufacturing and mechanical sciences that we – 15 societies with more than 600,000 members – represent," said Dr. Wing Kam Liu, chair of the USNC/TAM, who said he invited Tschopp and Holmes because of their leadership role in materials science at ARL.

"Being invited to present at The National Academies Building about ARL and our research is a huge honor," Tschopp said. "We used this platform as an opportunity to discuss not only some of the current research thrusts in additive manufacturing at ARL, but also to educate the audience and esteemed members of the USNC/TAM about ARL – our organization, our mission and our research."

Both Tschopp and Holmes said they found it inspiring to hear presentations from and to have discussions with invited speakers such as Dr. Dan Mote, president of the National Academy of Engineering, and Dr. Jeffery Holland, Director of Research and Development for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Director of the Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

"On behalf of the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, we thank you very much for taking your valuable time to come visit and talk to us. We were honored to have you at our meeting to give us a presentation regarding the Army interest in additive manufacturing and some of the current research thrusts at ARL. Our Members and other researchers, including those watching/listening via WebEx, appreciated very much your presence and the enlightening lectures," Liu said.


The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: May 12, 2016