The US Office of the Secretary of Defense Manufacturing Technology has released its first additive manufacturing (AM) strategy.

The strategy will reportedly focus on modernizing US defense systems to improve performance using AM-designed equipment, increasing material readiness to rapidly prototype and produce direct parts, reducing the risk of obsolete hardware, and enabling Warfighters to use AM on the battlefield.

‘Additive manufacturing is still an emerging technology,’ a press release said. ‘While there has been growth in AM’s use across the defense industrial base, its full potential is still being realized.’

‘This strategy ensures that DOD will realize the most benefits from AM technology by structuring our AM activities, aligning funding opportunities, and improving AM implementation efforts,’ said Robert Gold, director of the Technology and Manufacturing Industrial Base Office.

The full report can be found here (pdf).

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