A Soldier holds a cap used to protect the fire extinguishing system housed in the wheel wells of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. Without the cap, MRAPs are deemed non-mission-capable. Soldiers in Korea saved 1,472 operational days for their MRAPs by 3-D printing the caps for about $2.50 each. (Photo Credit: Sam Curtis, via U.S. Army)
A Soldier holds a cap used to protect the fire extinguishing system housed in the wheel wells of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. Without the cap, MRAPs are deemed non-mission-capable. Soldiers in Korea saved 1,472 operational days for their MRAPs by 3-D printing the caps for about $2.50 each. (Photo Credit: Sam Curtis, via U.S. Army)
A Soldier holds a cap used to protect the fire extinguishing system housed in the wheel wells of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. Without the cap, MRAPs are deemed non-mission-capable. Soldiers in Korea saved 1,472 operational days for their MRAPs by 3-D printing the caps for about $2.50 each. (Photo Credit: Sam Curtis, via U.S. Army)

National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) with its National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, America Makes and partner Catalyst Connection announced the launch of AMNOW in late April

 

In April, the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), with its National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, America Makes, and partner Catalyst Connection announced the launch of AMNOW, a new program to support additive manufacturing (AM) technology integration into the existing U.S. Army supply chain.

AMNOW is a multi-phased program focused on assisting the U.S. Army in developing a clear transition path of the Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology within their operations through the benchmarking, development, validation and demonstration of the future AM supply chain.
AMNOW is a multi-phased program focused on assisting the U.S. Army in developing a clear transition path of the Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology within their operations through the benchmarking, development, validation and demonstration of the future AM supply chain.
NCDMM delivers innovative and collaborative manufacturing solutions to enhance the U.S.’ workforce and economic competitiveness.
NCDMM delivers innovative and collaborative manufacturing solutions to enhance the U.S.’ workforce and economic competitiveness.
America Makes was established in 2012, is based in Youngstown, Ohio, and is the flagship Institute for Manufacturing US>, the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. America Makes is managed and operated by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM).
America Makes was established in 2012, is based in Youngstown, Ohio, and is the flagship Institute for Manufacturing US>, the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. America Makes is managed and operated by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM).

The initial phase of AMNOW will set the groundwork for the pursuit and implementation of subsequent phases. Specifically, the initial phase will prepare to integrate and accelerate the dissemination, transition, and use of innovative, cross-cutting AM technologies for the Army to enhance operations. By developing a robust AM supply chain and clear technology AM transition path, AMNOW will be positioned to help increase the U.S. Army’s readiness and facilitate on-demand production of materials in support of warfighters and commanders on the battlefield.

“Logistically, military supply chains are some of the most complex in the world,” said Ralph L. Resnick, NCDMM President and Chief Executive Officer and Founding Director of America Makes. “The long-term implications of the AMNOW program for the U.S. Army and its supply chain are substantial.”

Structured as a potentially multi-phase, multi-year contract, AMNOW is funded by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) – Aviation & Missile Center through the U.S. Army Manufacturing Science and Technology (MS&T) Division under the newly formed U.S. Army Futures Command.

Read the full release here.