In September 2021, the Naval Energetic Systems and Technologies (NEST), a partnership between the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division and the National Armaments Consortium, released 56 statements of need for prototype munition technologies, including hypersonic weapons, different kinds of propellants, warheads, logistical equipment, and propulsion systems. More rounds of solicitations are planned every six months.
In February 2021, ATI worked with the U.S. Partnership for Assured Electronics to create the Defense Electronics Consortium (DEC). This DoD-sponsored consortium is helping the government identify challenges, needs and opportunities in defense electronics, which have been impacted by the contraction of U.S. electronics manufacturing and other factors.
The Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS) has been developing and publishing consensus-derived, standards for satellite operations since it was established in 2017. In honor of its four-year anniversary, we’re looking at CONFERS’ recent notable achievements.
The Composites Manufacturing Technology Center (CMTC), a Navy ManTech Center of Excellence, facilitated a large-scale composite additive manufacturing project that resulted in time and cost savings that may drive significant benefits to organizations performing low volume or custom composite part fabrication and repair.
An American Metalcasting Consortium research project is focused on using 3D printed sand molding for the production of complex, metal-ceramic composite casings. This gives the designer significantly more freedom than conventional green sand or bonded sand molding.