Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies have been identified as one of the key enabling technologies to improve European industrial competitiveness given its ability of rapid, delocalised and flexible manufacturing. They are considered to empower the transition from mass production to mass customization in several leading sectors, including, among others, automotive, medical, aeronautics, energy and consumer goods. The defence sector, however, is not exploiting yet the full potential offered by AM technologies.
The aim of this exhibition is to raise awareness among the defence community and, specifically, to high level military staff, on the capabilities that additive manufacturing technologies can bring to the defence sector and its potential for different applications. Examples on how the technology could change the way operations, logistic support or maintenance are performed, will be explained and showcased. Moreover, attendees will have access to an exhibition during the event, where EDA AM facility to be deployed in the EAATTC (European Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Course), equipment, prototypes and real parts produced by additive manufacturing will be shown. Finally, the conclusions of this EDA project, including the equipment used and typical objects and materials produced during the deployment of the AM facility will be presented, allowing participants to discuss about possible follow on activities.