Industry Day To Be Held At Ingersoll Machine Tools In Rockford, IL On September 20

The Applied Science & Technology Research Organization of America (ASTRO America) will run an industry day, September 20, at Ingersoll Machine Tools in Rockford, IL to connect with developers of ground vehicle systems who are interested in using large-scale metal additive technology. Participants will be briefed on the government sponsored program, view the world’s largest metal additive machine in development before it is installed at the Army’s Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing & Technology Center (JMTC), and sign-up for one-on-one meetings with program managers.

The Industry Day kicks off the first project order under the newly announced $95 million Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) managed by ASTRO to develop additive and advanced manufacturing technologies for the U.S. Army. The OTA is being carried out under the direction of the United States Army Contracting Command – Detroit Arsenal (ACC-DTA) on behalf of the Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC).

Project Order 001 focuses on the adoption and implementation of large-scale additive manufacturing for ground vehicle systems through information gathering and sharing, component design and production, and process development. Specific tasks will include the manufacture of prototype parts, documenting of the relevant materials and processes to enable manufacture of parts, and development of a qualification and adoption roadmap, a qualification plan, and an insertion and adoption report.

“This Project Order marks an important milestone for both industry and the U.S. Army,” said Jason Gorey, Executive Director of ASTRO America. “We look forward to receiving strong participation across the U.S. defense and automotive supply chains. We believe this project has great potential to support the warfighter through critical additive manufacturing innovations at the Army’s Center of Excellence for Advanced and Additive Manufacturing. At our meeting in Rockford, we will discuss funding opportunities for companies – big and small – to design concepts and demonstrate real-world viability of large-scale metal additive manufacturing.”

Advance registration is required and space is limited. A virtual attendee option will also be available.

The Request for Information and Industry Day details can be found here.

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The Applied Science and Technology Research Organization of America (ASTRO America) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, non-partisan Research Institute and Think Tank. It was established in 2018 to advance the public interest through manufacturing technology and policy. Led by manufacturing professionals with broad public and private sector experience, ASTRO America supports collaborations by government agencies and companies to address supply chain challenges in highly regulated industries, including aerospace and defense.

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