The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) says that it has received a Defense Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) achievement award.

NCDMM was recognized in the category of ‘Readiness Improvement’ for an additive manufacturing (AM) research project which forms part of its Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-Cost Sustainment (MAMLS) program.

Acccording to the center, the MAMLS program is the largest AM project covering sustainment, maintenance and repair technologies. It aims to improve rapid part replacement for US Air Force aircraft. With an aircraft having the average lifespan of approximately 27 years, critical parts are often out of production for a variety of reasons, including obsolescence, cost to create, and low-quantity requirements, NCDMM says.

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