3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing (AM) Competition with Military & Industry Partners

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – March 26, 2015 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) and the University of North Carolina (UNC), US Army Research Office (ARO), US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), Practical Scientific Solutions, and 3DSystems will host a 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing (AM) Competition at FTCC’s Spring Lake Campus facility on March 30-31, 2015. The campus is located at 171 Laketree Boulevard, Spring Lake, NC 28390.

ARO, a division of Army Research Laboratory (ARL), seeks to assess, convey, and advance capabilities surrounding 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing for the benefit of the Army and of the USASOC. The competition will be a dynamic design competition where military personnel from USASOC at Fort Bragg and selected UNC and FTCC students will form teams to design concepts and build prototypes for potential military applications.

“FTCC is pleased to host this 3D Printing Competition that will foster collaboration among academia, military, and industry to meet future needs of our military,” said Dr. Larry Keen, President of Fayetteville Technical Community College. “This competition will help grow important programs at FTCC to support the advanced manufacturing industry and the military.”

The competition will:

  • Demonstrate the capabilities of AM,
  • Educate the users and leadership (academic and industry) of the current state of the art in AM and what the future holds with respect to military utility,
  • Facilitate a collaborative environment among industry, academia, and military for the appreciation of current and emerging capabilities of AM-enabled technologies and how such technologies may address military needs.

FTCC, UNC, and USASOC participants will be divided into five teams to envision, design, and begin creation of a prototype/mock-up for some component that either exists and does not meet a current or future USASOC need OR does not yet exist and could meet current and future USASOC need(s). Teams will be given access to design tools (ex: CAD software), state-of-the-art 3D printers, 3D scanners, 3D design experts, and related equipment.

During the 2-day event, briefs, presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on educational opportunities will take place in order to educate the participants on designing for 3D and other topics germane to AM and 3D printing.

At the conclusion of the competition, participants and observers will have a vastly increased understanding of what AM is and what it may be able to do for their mission in the future.

For additional information, contact Courtney Smedick at Courtney@ncmbc.us or 877-245-5520.