Additively manufactured hardware from the AMNOW program in flight testing

Two additively manufactured loading tabs were fitted to two operational MH-47G aircraft at Fort Campbell, KY in support of an expanded flight test program. Manufactured from high-strength 7A77 aluminum alloy as part of the NCDMM’s AMNOW program, the loading tabs are the first Army-designed metallic AM aircraft parts to be used on Army aircraft.

Aviation & Missile Center (AvMC), some of the team’s key suppliers include:

  • 7A77 powder treated and shipped by HRL in Malibu, CA
  • Printed by Beehive Industries (formerly Volunteer Aerospace) of Knoxville, TN
  • Machining and finishing by Penn United Technologies of Cabot, PA
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  • Materials testing by Product Evaluation Systems of Latrobe, PA
  • X-ray inspection by Pinnacle Industrial X-ray Laboratory of Suwanee, GA

Das AMNOW-Programmteam besteht aus: NCDMM, The Barnes Global Advisors, Youngstown Business Incubator, Catalyst Connection, LECS Energy, Quotient, Advanced Engineering Solutions, GCA Coach und die University of Alabama-Huntsville.

The AMNOW program is a testbed to develop and validate a prototype digital additive manufacturing chain for the US Army and its Department of Defense contractors. Several US Army component manufacturing projects will be undertaken to demonstrate the benefits of a digitally connected AM supply chain. Ultimately, the establishment and integration of the digital AM supply chain will support the rapid transfer of manufacturing process information between the US Army and its suppliers and accelerate on-demand AM production of critical parts.

The AMNOW program is operated by the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center (DEVCOM AvMC). The mission of the DEVCOM AvMC is to develop, integrate, demonstrate and sustain aeronautical and missile systems capabilities in support of modernization priorities and enhancing operational readiness.

Find out more about NCDMM here.

Additively manufactured hardware from the AMNOW program in flight testing


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