US Army awards 3YOURMIND contract for Additive Manufacturing part identification

May 23, 2024

Example of a hybrid metal Additive Manufacturing machine employed by the US Army, located at Rock Island Arsenal (Courtesy DVIDS - Defense Visual Information Distribution Service)
Example of a hybrid metal Additive Manufacturing machine employed by the US Army, located at Rock Island Arsenal (Courtesy DVIDS – Defense Visual Information Distribution Service)

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

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DEVCOM GVSC is responsible for driving innovation in ground vehicle technology. Today that includes continuing efforts to modernise equipment sustainment methods for the M113 armoured 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 M113data and identify candidate parts which can be produced with advanced manufacturing technologies for the purpose of adding additional production methods that further fortify Department of Defense (DoD) supply chains.

An M113 personnel carrier (Courtesy DVIDS - Defense Visual Information Distribution Service)
An M113 personnel carrier (Courtesy DVIDS – Defense Visual Information Distribution Service)

As part of the initial effort, 3YOURMIND will analyse 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 project 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 Federation Division have been a supporting partner to assist the DoD in realising its vision to revitalise 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,” stated 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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