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Ohio-based Consortium Completes First Phase of AM Project

An $8 million project that uses additive manufacturing to replace parts on aging Air Force aircraft includes approximately 25 universities, research institutions, military bases and private companies. The list includes notables such as Youngstown State University, Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, America Makes, the University of Dayton Research Institute and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining.

The goal of the project is to more quickly return aircraft to the field as well as to speed up maintenance and depot operations utilizing advanced manufacturing processes such as tooling in some cases and directly printing the part in others. The first phase — “Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-Cost Sustainment” — was recently completed and project leaders held two days of meetings in Youngstown at the end of March to review the research results.

Learn more about this project in an article by Business Journal Daily.

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