Session 6: RF & Security
Operationalizing Printed Electronics & Additive Manufacturing to Enhance Warfighter Capabilities and Strengthen the Organic Industrial Base
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
8:00 AM - 8:25 AM
The US Army and its strategic partners are utilizing printing technologies to realize the massive benefits and advantages now achievable. Additive Manufacturing, is changing the way military systems are designed, fabricated, tested, monitored, and manufactured. The ability to “print” designs that currently cannot be manufactured while removing component integration and geometry barriers is resulting in new enhanced functionality and allowing the DOD to fabricate at the "Point of Need" and revolutionize the orgainc industrial base. Recent advances in materials, process, and equipment will directly benefit current and future systems. By integrating printed electronics, polymers, metals, and energetics into/onto 3D structures, new solutions and applications can be realized to enhance our Warfighters’ capabilities. These technologies have allowed revolutionary changes in design, materials, and fabrication of components and sub-systems for numerous military applications. These capabilities are helping the DOD and its strategic partners to capitalize on these technological breakthroughs and to develop systems that are “smarter,” more rapidly deployable, lighter and smaller. Total Life-Cycle benefits from design to de-mil are being realized through the advancement of additive manufacturing. Unique military considerations, current technology barriers, and recent applications for military and the Defense Industrial Base will be discussed.
Mr. James Zunino is a Materials Engineer within the Armaments Engineering Analysis & Manufacturing Directorate, located at the U.S Army Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. He serves as the subject matter expert on additive manufacturing, smart coatings, flexible electronics, materials printing, and novel ink development at ARDEC. He helped established the Army Additive Manufacturing Community of Practice and coordinates AM efforts across the DOD and its strategic partners. Mr. Zunino provides technical support to ARDEC's broad mission and is responsible for designing, testing, and overseeing AM related technologies. Mr. Zunino works with customers and end users to develop systems and provide solutions to help meet their requirements and needs. He holds a Master's of Business Administration and a B.S in Chemical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has received numerous awards including: Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, Department of the Army Research and Development Achievement Award, IDTechEx Academic R&D, as well as other DoD and Industry awards.
ARDEC AM Principal/Materials Engineer
US Army RDECOM-ARDEC