Concurrent Technologies Works on Additive Contract With Air Force Lab

Air Force Research Laboratory looks to increase AM capabilities for military applications.

Air Force Research Laboratory looks to increase AM capabilities for military applications.

The new, enhanced AM capability being developed through this AFRL project is applicable to a variety of DoD applications. Image courtesy of U.S. Air Force.

Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) was recently awarded a $5.2 million U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) contract that involves building an additive manufacturing (AM) machine. The project intends to overcome the limits of current AM (3D) equipment to build longer parts for defense applications. 

“The technical work we are performing for this project includes elements of CTC’s full-service portfolio of AM capabilities including design, testing, post processing, machining, and qualification,” says Edward J. Sheehan, Jr., CTC president and CEO. 

CTC is working with subcontractor SLM Solutions NA, Inc. (U.S. office) to build this industrial metal 3D printer/machine with an extended 1.5-m build envelope in the Z-axis. 

“Partnering with CTC, a premier research and development company, will help us achieve the goal to create a new AM capability,” says Sam O’Leary, SLM Solutions CEO. “We look forward to collaborating on an AM machine that will work much faster than existing equipment and feature the largest build envelope in the industry by far.”

CTC is an independent, nonprofit, applied scientific research and development professional services organization. CTC collaborates with its technology transition affiliate, Enterprise Ventures, to provide full lifecycle solutions through research, development, test and evaluation work. 

SLM Solutions is a global provider of integrated metal additive manufacturing solutions. SLM Solutions is a publicly traded company headquartered in Germany, with offices in Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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