Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-Cost Sustainment

published 1 year ago by DVIDS

Legacy aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force require parts that may be out-of-production due to manufacturing obsolescence, costs to create, low-quantity requirements, poor documentation, or other availability-related challenges. Additive manufacturing along with other advanced manufacturing technologies such as reverse engineering, has the potential to increase part availability at the supply chain level, depot level, flight line, and in theater; alleviating high part and tooling costs and long lead time issues to enable mission readiness. The MAMLS 3-phase program was created to incorporate these advanced manufacturing technologies to provide rapid, low-cost sustainment opportunities.

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