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  • Tinker units collaborate, produce first 3-D printed engine component

    Members of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, an Air Force Sustainment Center wing, have produced the first additively manufactured metal component successfully tested on a U.S. Air Force aircraft engine, a significant milestone for future sustainment of aircraft like the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System and the B-52 Stratofortress.
  • AFRL, FUSE host COVID-19 supply donation event

    On April 24, FUSE Makerspace and Air Force Research Laboratory New Mexico Maker Hub collaborated to host a donation and collection event for 3-D printed full-face shields. The shields are intended to be donated to New Mexico hospitals and clinics in need.
  • 3D printing successfully used to fabricate discontinued part for lube oil system

    When a decades-old part could no longer be purchased, the Plant Operations and Maintenance team at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Engine Test Facility at Arnold Air Force Base coordinated with members of the Condition Based Maintenance, group, or CBM, to determine how best to recreate the piece.The most economical solution was
  • Investment in 3D printing helps Team Edwards’ fleet aloft

    The 412th Maintenance Squadron is leveraging 3D printing technology to help keep Edwards’ aircraft flying, no matter their age.
  • First metallic 3D printed part installed on F-22

    The use of 3D printing is not new to the Air Force. The service has routinely used 3D printing for legacy aircraft requiring parts that may be out of production due to manufacturing obsolescence.
  • Maker Hub, AFRL “sprint” to innovation

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – To build strength and endurance, athletes perform “intervals” or short, intense periods of exertion designed for maximum benefit in the shortest time possible. Thanks to the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Maker Hub at the Wright Brothers Institute, that same kind of benefit is possible for some of the Air
  • AFMC commander: Agility, innovation to fuel future of AF logistics

    The future of Air Force logistics will find Airmen tapping into a secure digital network of archived additive manufacturing specifications, allowing for the 3D-printed creation of a weapons system component whenever and wherever needed. This agile manufacturing approach is just one way Air Force Materiel Command is working to advance Air Force logistics, said Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, AFMC commander, at the 2017 Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference Sept. 18, 2017.
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