Upcoming U.S. Defense Bill Promotes Additive Manufacturing

Published by , July 18, 2017 11:55 am

(ThomasNet)  The upcoming U.S. Department of Defense Authorization bill, which is the law used to specify Department of Defense spending for the upcoming year, will reach the Armed Services Committee with language requiring updates on the use of additive manufacturing, including 3D printing technologies. More specifically, the committee will direct the Secretary of Defense to provide a briefing on the military’s plans to develop and improve the use of additive manufacturing by December 1 of this year.
The bill goes on to cite the, “significant possibilities that additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, will provide to the Department of Defense, both in revolutionizing the industrial supply chain, as well as in providing radically new technological capabilities.” The underlying thought is that the inherent characteristics of this technology could allow for quicker, performance-based adjustments to a wide range of equipment that supports logistical, operational, and tactical military needs.

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