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3YOURMIND awarded US Army contract for AM part identification

Analyzing up to 10,000 parts - in partnership with Phillips Corporation Federal Division - and evaluating them based on technical feasibility, lead time, and cost

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3YOURMIND and Phillips Corporation Federal Division have partnered with the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) to support an Advanced Manufacturing (AdvM) part identification effort. GVSC, along with the US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), will utilize 3YOURMIND software to identify potential AdvM candidate parts necessary to sustain and maintain legacy systems.

3YOURMIND awarded US Army contract for AM part identification. Analyzing up to 10,000 parts in partnership with Phillips Federal.
A hybrid metal AM machine employed by the US Army, located at Rock Island Arsenal. Source: DVIDS – Defense Visual Information Distribution Service.

DEVCOM GVSC is responsible for driving innovation in ground vehicle technology – including continuing efforts to modernize equipment sustainment methods for the M113 armored personnel carrier. With the help of Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (WSU-NIAR), GVSC has successfully reverse-engineered and developed a digital twin for the M113. GVSC will use 3YOURMIND to evaluate the M113 data and identify candidate parts that can be produced with AdvM technologies for the purpose of adding additional production methods that further fortify Department of Defense (DoD) supply chains.

As part of the initial effort, 3YOURMIND will analyze up to 10,000 parts selected by GVSC and evaluate them based on technical feasibility, lead time, and cost. Once the part evaluation is concluded, GVSC will have a greater understanding of which spare parts are strong use cases for additive manufacturing.

The effort with the US Army follows 3YOURMIND’s ongoing efforts in the DoD, including the US Navy’s Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific and the US Marine Corps Advanced Manufacturing Systems Team (AMST). 3YOURMIND and Phillips Corporation Federal Division have been a supporting partner to assist the DoD in realizing its vision to revitalize the industrial base, create distributed manufacturing networks, and support leaner maintenance and logistics practices using additive manufacturing.

“Our previous efforts with the Department of Defense have positioned us well to support the enterprise additive manufacturing ambitions of the GVSC,” said William Cuervo, VP of North America at 3YOURMIND. “We’re excited to support the GVSC in identifying and producing parts using additive manufacturing that can be used to sustain equipment critical to the safe passage of our troops.”

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