NAME 2030 - Center for Additive Manufacturing - CAM
Naval Additive Manufacturing Enterprise 2030 – NAME 2030
NAME 2030 initiative at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) aims to address the unique challenges related to the rapid adoption and leveraging of Additive Manufacturing (AM) within the Navy and the Marine Corps. The effort seeks to promote education and research to enable the Navy to reach its goal of Naval Superiority through AM Education in Seapower (E4S). NAME aims to form an AM environment representative of the whole Navy, and support the work in following domains: novel AM fabrication approaches and materials, understanding the relationships between fabrication, processing conditions and material properties, additively manufactured parts certification, cybersecurity support for management of 3D model data and AM systems, model database management for remote access, AI guided AM design, virtual and augmented reality tools in support of rapid prototyping, modeling and simulation of AM resources, and AM systems engineering, return of investment for AM, optimizing and integrating AM practices for acquisition, logistics and maintenance, operations research and big data, organization adoption of AM and strategic policy changes, rapid prototyping and innovation in AM domain by Sailors and Marines.. The initiative also aims to foster collaborations with the industry, academia, colleagues across Naval enterprise, and other consortia. As a microcosm of the Navy, the USMC, Industry, and Labs together, NPS is the ideal venue for this initiative.
NAME 2030 is a multi-year interdisciplinary umbrella research initiative. Our goal is to coordinate a diverse portfolio of research projects that advance basic and applied research domains in concert with teaching and training. The initiative aims to address both technical issues and human/personnel issues, i.e., support a full human-technology integration.
Additive Manufacturing is seen as a part of the ecosystem with other technologies. Example integration technologies, methods, techniques and research domains include: sensors, robotics, advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, data science, virtual and augmented reality. Naval domains that would benefit from this effort include operations, logistics, acquisition, maintenance, and warfighting resilience.
NAME 2030 Approach:
— Set a clear goal for the initiative – what the ideal state will look like, and what capabilities will be supported in Naval domain.
— Set 1 year, 5 years and 10 years goals, outline the steps to get there, and appoint domain leads and coordinators.
— Create a coalition of partner universities, industry and fleet.
— Identify the details of small, medium and large scale research projects (components of the big initiative). Each effort will be led by the Center’s faculty members who are the subject matter experts in particular domain(s)
— Identify the forms of collaboration, including semi-annual get-together and brainstorming sessions with partners.