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By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, National Materials Advisory Board, Committee on Accelerating Technology Transition

Accelerating the transition of latest applied sciences into platforms and items might be the most important to the dep. of Defenses improvement of a lighter, extra versatile struggling with strength. present lengthy transition times-ten years or extra is now typical-are attributed to the complexity of the method. to assist meet those demanding situations, the dep. of protection requested the nationwide learn Council to ascertain classes discovered from speedy know-how functions by means of built-in layout and production teams. This file provides the result of that research, which used to be in response to a workshop held to discover those profitable instances. 3 key components emerged: making a tradition for innovation and swift expertise transition; methodologies and methods; and allowing instruments and databases.

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What might be perceived as failure by some may be viewed by others as new information about a potential bottleneck to development. The key to rapid technology development is to virally incorporate the knowledge into the development process and to modify the materials, fabrication processes, and systems as needed. Agile Manufacturing Processes For new technologies that require the development of new materials, there can be significant technical challenges and long time delays in transitioning from laboratory-scale materials, to generic, larger-scale prototyping, to full-scale, complex parts.

Michael McGrath expanded on this by describing several ongoing programs at the Department of the Navy focused on technology transition. He also reported that the Navy is trying to increase the visibility of emerging commercial technologies by interfacing with venture capital investors. A speaker from the private sector, Joseph Tippens, suggested that the DoD has the opportunity to leverage billions of dollars of private equity and venture capital. He encouraged dual-use commercial development rather than technology development for isolated military applications, pointing out that it is possible to leverage technology platforms on hundreds of systems across all service branches as well.

The Phase I effort successfully demonstrated the ability of the methods to efficiently reconstruct both optimal processing conditions at the component level and observed property variation as established by legacy databases of existing materials; it also provided preliminary demonstrations of effective prediction of improved processing conditions for these materials. The collaborative framework adopted by both AIM teams has employed the existing multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) software broadly employed in systems engineering design to link diverse computational tools spanning multiple platforms and locations, efficiently integrating them with modern optimization strategies.

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