Two additively manufactured (3D printed) cargo links were installed on two operational MH-47G aircraft at Fort Campbell, KY in support of an extended flight test program. The cargo links were manufactured from a high-strength aluminum alloy 7A77 under NCDMM’s AMNOW program and represent the first Army-developed metallic AM aircraft parts to be flown on Army aircraft. In addition to the AMNOW program team and the United States Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM)
Aviation & Missile Center (AvMC), key suppliers on the team include:
- 7A77 powder treated and supplied by HRL of Malibu, CA
- Printing by Beehive Industries (formerly Volunteer Aerospace) of Knoxville, TN
- Machining and finishing by Penn United Technologies of Cabot, PA
- Material testing by Product Evaluation Systems of Latrobe, PA
- Radiographic inspection by Pinnacle Industrial X-ray Laboratory of Suwanee, GA
The AMNOW program team consists of: NCDMM, The Barnes Global Advisors, Youngstown Business Incubator, Catalyst Connection, LECS Energy, Quotient, Advanced Engineering Solutions, GCA Coach, and the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
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