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Roadmap instrumental in acceleration of Cold Spray adoption and guidance of future investment
For more than 20 years, the DoD has successfully used Cold Spray technology for repair applications across the Services.
Cold Spray is an established technology supporting operational readiness, maintenance, and sustainment across the Department of Defense (DoD). Development activities are relatively disparate, with close working relationships of participants preventing duplication.
To develop a DoD-integrated Cold Spray technology roadmap while identifying the current state, common needs and actions, technology investment gaps, and priorities. Army, Air Force, and Navy – along with contractors and research partners – have been developing and implementing Cold Spray technology for more than two decades. Throughout the early stages of implementation, Cold Spray demonstrated a reduction in maintenance materials and costs, while increasing readiness. DoD-wide awareness of ongoing and planned Cold Spray programs is critical to expanding its applications and benefits. The DoD integrated roadmap coordinates individual Service investments in Cold Spray technology, and communicates current needs and planned activities, while enhancing collaboration, streamlining efforts, and facilitating joint strategies.
Commissioned by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM)/America Makes partnered with The Barnes Global Advisors (TBGA) to coordinate individual workshops with the Army, Air Force, and Navy (Naval Air Systems Command [NAVAIR], Naval Sea Systems Command [NAVSEA]). Workshop participants included Service-specific research and development, program engineering, and sustainment personnel.
Data gathered during the workshops was analyzed to determine individual Service status, needs, gaps, priorities, and future efforts. Service-specific data were compared, assessed, and compiled to develop the DoD-wide Cold Spray technology roadmap.