CTC to Develop Metallic Component Manufacturing Tech for Navy; Ed Sheehan Comments

Ed Sheehan

Concurrent Technologies Corp. has received a potential four-year, $6.4 million contract to develop additive manufacturing technology for the U.S. Navy to build metal-based parts for air, sea and ground platforms.

The contract awarded through the Office of Naval Research’s Quality Metal Additive Manufacturing program contains a two-year base period worth $2.6 million and a two-year option worth $3.8 million, CTC said Tuesday.

Ed Sheehan, president and CEO of CTC, said the company and its project team members aim to help sustain military equipment by providing modern technology that can address on-site parts replacement challenges.

Ken Sabo, senior director for additive manufacturing and materials at CTC, said the project team will develop hardware and software platforms needed to accelerate the qualification of metallic components.

Other team members are SLM Solutions, MSC Software, MRL Materials Resources, the University of Pittsburgh and America Makes.

Sabo added the group will develop and validate a proposed framework by producing metal parts through the laser powder-bed fusion method.

U.S. naval warfare and fleet readiness centers and maintenance depots seek additive manufacturing or 3D printing techniques to produce long lead-time or obsolete metallic components.

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