MERC Attends 2017 Military Additive Manufacturing Summit

Tampa, Florida (February 7-8, 2017)  Defense Strategies Institute hosted the 2017 Military Additive Manufacturing Summit. The town hall style forum was titled “Leveraging Innovative 3D Printing Capabilities To Strengthen America’s Defense”.

The summit focused on the Department of Defense’s (DoD) effort to leverage state of the art additive manufacturing (AM) 3D printing technology to fundamentally improve flexibility, performance and combat capability in the industrial and operational environment. Other program goals included improved overall mission readiness and reduced manufacturing, storage, maintenance and sustainment costs.

Specific topics discussed included future opportunities for delivering innovative AM technology to the DoD, current efforts and examples of AM implementation across the DoD and NASA, and near term initiatives to create repair, replacement and maintenance capabilities. Speakers included representatives from NASA, Defense Logistics Agency, all branches of the military, industry and academia.


About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

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