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Manufacturing & Prototyping

3D Printing Metal Parts on a Ship

Senior level military members are constantly evaluating risk and finding ways to articulate and mitigate risks on the battlefield. When it comes to new technology adoption and consideration, these same...

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Materials

Finding the Perfect Aluminum for Additive Manufacturing

Make aluminum work for you (and your 3D-printing applications).

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Propulsion

Additive Manufacturing

Marotta’s patented approach starts with a 3D CAD model of choice that can meet varying ranges of end application specifications.

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Materials

Curing the Porosity Problem in Additive Manufacturing

During the additive manufacturing process, microscopic holes that are invisible to the naked eye are formed within the body of the part.

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Materials

Getting the Most Out of Laser Wire Additive Manufacturing

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) powder-based systems aren't the only ways to print metals.

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Aerospace

Streamlining Post-Processing in Additive Manufacturing

By focusing just on the AM build process, a fundamental part of the production process chain is often overlooked: post-processing.

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Software

Reusable Rapid Prototyped Blunt-Impact Simulator

Rapid prototyping (RP) is the term most commonly used to describe additive manufacturing technologies. An additive manufacturing technology is any manufacturing process that fabricates a part...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

How Additive Manufacturing is Changing the Aerospace Industry

Additive manufacturing was invented more than 30 years ago and, from small beginnings in prototyping, has developed and grown into a $6 billion industry. While additive...

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Aerospace

Additive Manufacturing Materials for RF Components

The Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) Weapons Development and Integration (WDI) Directorate has a program known as PRIntable Materials with...

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Defense

3D Printed Aircraft Parts

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
Valencia, CA
1-888-311-1017
www.stratasysdirect.com

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd., was recently chosen by Airbus to produce 3D printed...

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Test & Measurement

Quality and Validation of Digital Designs for Aerospace and Defense

As aerospace and defense manufacturing becomes increasingly digitized—from the earliest design stages to the factory floor and beyond—data accuracy is fundamental to...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Verifying Structural Integrity of 3D Metal-Printed Parts

Interest in 3D printing is remaking the manufacturing landscape. Consulting firm IDC says global spending on 3D printers, both desktop and industrial, hit about $11 billion in 2015...

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Aerospace

Designing a Robot to Counter Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices

The use of Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED) has increased each year. Current anti-VBIED technology is not only expensive, but requires months or years...

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Aerospace

Design Software

Collier Research Corporation
Newport News, VA
757-825-0000
http://hypersizer.com

When announcing the completion of the Bell V-280 tiltrotor fuselage at a press conference, Bell Helicopter leadership...

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Defense

Lifting 3D Printing to New Heights

Whether it’s through 3D printing jet engine fuel nozzles by the thousands or validating metal rocket injectors for space flight, aerospace has consistently proven itself to be on the cutting edge of the...

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Defense

High-Strength Aluminum Powder Developed for Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace, Automotive

Metal laser melting has made a successful leap from rapid prototyping to an approved manufacturing technology, and the method is increasingly...

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Aerospace

Advancing the Use of Beryllium Bearing Materials for Unmanned Platforms

Aerospace and defense platforms are often regarded as the earliest adopters of new materials and processes technologies. Materials test programs provide validations of...

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Aerospace

Business Jets Bounce Back

The business jet market has a resilience all its own. While defense spending has sharply declined, the commercial sector is over-flowing with multi-thousand order backlogs. But if business jet orders can tail off...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Advances and Challenges in Developing Radar Applications

Radar is used to detect and/or track target objects and their attributes, such as range, speed, and other information obtained through signals at RF and microwave frequencies. The...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Design and Fabrication of a Radio Frequency Grin Lens Using 3D Printing

Engineered electromagnetic materials and meta-materials have been researched to explore devices that enable access to electromagnetic properties that are not available in nature. This new class of devices can not only open the door to new functionality, but also be...

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Aerospace

Additive Manufacturing of Small Tactical Munitions

Raytheon
Fullerton, CA
714-446-2315
www.raytheon.com Solid Concepts Inc.
Valencia, CA
661-295-4400
www.solidconcepts.com

Raytheon is addressing the...

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Aerospace

3D Software Helps Development of Vehicle-Mounted Defense Systems

L-3 Communications Linkabit (Melbourne, FL) develops defense communications and electronic warfare systems to protect soldiers and save lives on the battlefield. A division of...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Micro-Composite Fabrication via Field-Aided Laminar Composite Processing

Much work has been accomplished since the discovery that particles in a dielectric fluid experience forces when placed in an electric field, including mathematical...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Designing Future Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

So far, defense companies have done a credible job fielding Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), or other water-borne robots to address critical...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Designing the Next Generation of Military Robots

Many recent blockbuster films and best-selling books depict the robotic apocalypse and have shed a negative light on military robotics. However, not all unmanned system development is aimed...

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Electronics & Computers

Software-Defined Radios for Urban and Indoor Navigation

Software-defined radios (SDRs) are being developed to provide positioning and communication (POSCOMM) services inside buildings and tunnels, under tree canopies, and in other...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Inexpensive Free-Form Fabrication of Titanium-Alloy Parts

A continuing effort to devise relatively inexpensive means of manufacturing titanium-alloy parts has been focused on a free-form fabrication approach. As used here, “free-form...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Rapid Model Fabrication for Responsive Aerodynamic Experimental Research

Technicians machine traditional metal wind tunnel models in a process that can span months. Although these models are highly precise, the meticulously slow...

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Electronics & Computers

RASCAL Facility

AFRL's Radiation and Scattering Compact Antenna Laboratory (RASCAL) enables researchers to develop and evaluate advanced aperture technologies that support electronic warfare, radar, communication, and navigation—...