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Babcock demonstrates the value of AM in defense applications

The team has been working as part of the MOD’s Project Tampa accelerator program

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Babcock’s Material Availability Services (MAS) team recently led the way in demonstrating the value of additive manufacturing to a pan-defense cohort, displaying a wide range of 3D printed parts produced to support the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Land Rover Wolf fleet. The Babcock team has been working as part of the MOD’s Project Tampa, the working group for the MOD’s first industry and defense accelerator program, focused on the use of additive manufacturing to increase material availability across defense.

Babcock demonstrates the value of AM in defense applications working as part of the MOD’s Project Tampa accelerator program ​The project aims to explore the benefits of using additive manufacturing and the issues that prevent it from being used in our industry. The objective is to accelerate the use of additive parts, and in doing so, open the door to greater innovation in manufacturing. Last January Babcock showed its first metal end-use parts for the UK army made with AM technology.

At a recent meeting at Silverstone, home of the Digital Manufacturing Centre, the Babcock team was able to share expertise with other members of industry and defense representatives from Field Army and Strategic Command.

One of the highlights of the day was having the opportunity to demonstrate an array of polymer and metallic parts produced for a specific MOD Land Rover Wolf, helping to bring to life our capability in using additive manufacturing technology.

Jon Morley, Co-chair of the working group and Director of Babcock’s MAS team said: “Babcock has been making great strides in additive manufacturing and are recognised as leaders in the defence sector. Bringing along the Land Rover Wolf to Project Tampa provided real-world context in how we can use the latest technologies to resolve long-standing challenges, and we are focussed on delivering robust technical solutions to deliver alongside the services.”

In a world of significant geopolitical instability, national security has never been more important. Babcock’s work on Project Tampa opens the door to greater innovation in defense manufacturing, to ensure that the critical services and assets of our armed forces are readily available, affordable and long-lasting.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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