rp+m traveled to the Defense Manufacturing Conference in Phoenix Arizona to accept the Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award for work done on the Qualification of Ultem 9085 using fused filament fabrication for production applications. Mr. Cameron Rogers, Production Manager and Dr. Tracy Albers, President and CTO were named awardees for their significant contributions to the 2 year long research program that culminated in this award.
"We are excited for this achievement to be recognized with such a prestigious honor," notes Dr. Albers, "this project is an example of how public/private partnerships can be formed to create real value. We are honored to have led this effort and are excited to see how its outcomes are commercialized in the Aerospace and Defense markets."
The project focused on enabling additive manufacturing, specifically fused filament fabrication printing, for production applications by proving that with the appropriate levels of process control, the materials, machines, and end parts can be printed with reliable and repeatable results. For a technology that was originally created for prototyping, this outcome is significant.
Partners on this program include the National Institute of Aviation Research (NIAR), Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and the AirForce Research Laboratory. This program was administered through America Makes - the National Manufacturing Institute focused on additive manufacturing.
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