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Dr. Christopher Tabor discusses potential applications of liquid metal alloys. A member of the Flexible Materials and Processes team at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Tabor’s team is exploring possible uses of liquid metals for stretchable and reconfigurable electronics for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo / David Dixon) Linking form with function: AFRL’s flex team drives future tech capabilities for the warfighter
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Led by Dr. Benji Maruyama and comprised of a cadre of energetic, innovative, high-performing scientists and engineers, the members of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Flexible Materials and Processing Team take comprehension of soft matter to a new level.“We take a basic understanding of soft, flexible
0 8/09
2017
Dr. Santanu Bag, a project scientist at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, is exploring cost-efficient manufacturing of solar cells using additive technology. AFRL researchers explore automation, additive technologies for cost efficient solar power
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Inspired by newspaper printing, and taking cues from additive manufacturing technology, researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory are exploring new ways to make solar cells more cost efficient—increasing application potential in the process. “Sun is abundant, and it’s free,” said Dr. Santanu Bag, a
0 7/18
2017
Dr. Mark Benedict, a senior materials engineer and America Makes Chief Technology Adviser at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate discusses the potential for additive manufacturing of aircraft components in metal. The complex geometry of the rocket nozzle benefits from the use of additive manufacturing due to its complex, specialized design. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Marisa Alia-Novobilski) Embracing opportunity: additive technology for manufacturing
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – It’s a materials scientist’s dream, but as some experts say, an engineer’s nightmare. For scientists and engineers at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, can be a powerful tool for rapid innovation.Ultimately, it’s a
0 1/06
2017
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Brig. Gen. Stacey T. Hawkins, Director, Logistcs, Engineering and Force Protection, Air Mobility Command (center) learns more about additive manufacturing capabilities for functional materials during a visit to the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Aug. 26. The laboratory visit was part of a larger tour of AFRL facilities to gain in-depth knowledge of current capabilities for additive manufacturing technology. The visit included a directorate overview, discussions on additive manufacturing applications and visits to multiple research laboratories, highlighting 3-D printing capabilities for metals, polymer-based materials and functional material applications. AMC is exploring the possibilities of using additive manufacturing for replacement parts for aircraft during the life-cycle maintenance process. (Air Force photo by Marisa Novobilski/released)

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Brig. Gen. Stacey T. Hawkins, Director, Logistcs, Engineering and Force Protection, Air Mobility Command (center) learns more about additive manufacturing capabilities for functional materials during a visit to the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Aug. 26. The laboratory
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