America Makes along with the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), has announced the first phase of a program aimed at adding additive manufacturing (AM) technology to the existing US Army supply chain.

According to the institutes, the AMNOW project couldl help increase the Army’s readiness and improve the on-demand production of materials.

‘AMNOW Phase 1 will focus on developing a prototype digital AM supply chain that considers and evaluates the current and future Army and supply chain capabilities,’ said Dean L Bartles, NCDMM president. ‘Ultimately, the creation and integration of digital AM supply chain will enable the rapid transfer of validated data and information to be exchanged between the US Army and its suppliers, accelerating AM on-demand production of critical parts.’

This story uses material from America Makes, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.