Gen. Daniel Mitchell (center left), commanding general, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, and Col. Ken Letcher (center right), commander, Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, cut the ribbon on the new Advanced and Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence at Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, May 15. (U.S. Army photo by Kevin Fleming/Army Sustainment Command) (Photo Credit: Courtesy of U.S. Army RIA-JMTC)
Gen. Daniel Mitchell (center left), commanding general, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, and Col. Ken Letcher (center right), commander, Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, cut the ribbon on the new Advanced and Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence at Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, May 15. (U.S. Army photo by Kevin Fleming/Army Sustainment Command) (Photo Credit: Courtesy of U.S. Army RIA-JMTC)
Gen. Daniel Mitchell (center left), commanding general, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, and Col. Ken Letcher (center right), commander, Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, cut the ribbon on the new Advanced and Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence at Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, May 15. (U.S. Army photo by Kevin Fleming/Army Sustainment Command) (Photo Credit: Courtesy of U.S. Army RIA-JMTC)

The Rock Island Arsenal for the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (RIA-JMTC), Center of Excellence for Advanced and Additive Manufacturing has begun initial operations.

 

Rock Island Arsenal for the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (RIA-JMTC), Center of Excellence for Advanced and Additive Manufacturing marked its initial operating with a ribbon cutting ceremony on on Wednesday, May 15. The newly renovated facilities will serve as a central location to develop best practices and promote additive manufacturing implementation throughout the Army.

RIA-JMTC focused its $20 million in funding for the Center of Excellence to purchase equipment and complete renovations. The new equipment includes a range of additive manufacturing technologies and enabling tools to establish capabilities across many 3D printing types. The designation of RIA-JMTC as a Center of Excellence is validation of the center’s efforts to incorporate modern manufacturing technology.

“I have seen numerous developments in technology during my career that have enabled our Army to improve its readiness to fight and win our nation’s wars. However, when I first joined the Army, I would never have dreamed that we would be able to print out parts,” said Maj. Gen. Daniel Mitchell, commanding general, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, U.S. Army Garrison, Detroit Arsenal, Warren, Michigan. “Advanced manufacturing technology holds the promise of greatly increased Army readiness rates, so that we will be ready to spring into action whenever and wherever our nation calls upon us.”

The Center is scheduled to reach full operational capability in 2021.

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