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    Commemoration event for largest 3D printer held at RIA-JMTC

    Commemoration event for largest 3D printer held at RIA-JMTC

    Photo By Sgt. 1st Class Debralee Lutgen | (Left to right) Marta Tomkiw, executive director, Systems Integration & Engineering at...... read more read more



    Story by Debralee Lutgen 

    Rock Island Arsenal-Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center

    Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. – Modernization plans at the Rock Island Arsenal – Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center are coming to fruition with multiple projects, funded for more than $45 million, beginning to break ground.

    One of those projects is the Jointless Hull Large Format Tool, the world’s largest 3D metal printer, set to be operational in the spring. A commemoration event was held at its future installation site on Oct. 24.

    This tool will be capable of printing components as large as 20-ft. by 30-ft. by 12-ft. and is designed to improve military vehicle protection by eliminating the seams in the hull, which are inherently the weakest part of a vehicle.

    “Today is not only a celebration of one of the Army’s centerpiece modernization efforts, but also the beginning of an endeavor to ensure the survivability of America’s fighting force,” said Maj. Gen. Darren Werner, commanding general, U.S. Army Tank-automotive & Armaments Command.

    With a $20 million investment in the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, housed at RIA-JMTC, it made sense to add this printer to its capabilities, according to Edward Flinn, director, AM CoE. Another $11 million was invested to fund this project.

    “The Jointless Hull is an advanced manufacturing capability unique to the Army that does not exist anywhere else in the world,” said Marta Tomkiw, executive director of Systems Integration & Engineering at U.S. Army Development Command Ground Vehicles Systems Center. “This novel machine gives the Army a one-of-a-kind cutting-edge technology placing the Army at the forefront of manufacturing technology and capability development.”

    Throughout its support for the U.S. Army in every major conflict since the Spanish-American War, in the forefront of providing protection solutions for warfighters around the world was RIA-JMTC. Producing aluminum howitzers, superbazookas and add-on armor solutions, this factory has answered the call, time and time again. This new capability will continue that tradition and allow RIA-JMTC to continue finding innovative solutions for Soldiers.

    “Rock Island Arsenal has always answered the nation’s call, from serving at the forefront of artillery production in the World Wars to producing essential components for ventilators and testing kits during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rock Island Arsenal has proven that it’s capable of modernizing to meet today’s challenges,” said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois. “I cannot think of a more fitting home for the world’s largest 3D metal printer, which will have even broader impact than just the battlefield. I look forward to seeing the cutting-edge technology that comes from Rock Island’s new assignment.”

    The Jointless Hull Army partners include the U.S. Army DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center and the Army’s Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence at RIA-JMTC. Industry partners include Ingersoll Machine Tool, the company building the tool; Siemens Digital Industries, MELD Manufacturing, LIFT and ASTRO America.

    Rock Island Arsenal - Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center develops, manufactures and delivers readiness solutions through conventional and advanced manufacturing processes for the U.S. Army and Department of Defense systems globally.



    Date Taken: 10.24.2022
    Date Posted: 11.01.2022 09:33
    Story ID: 432389

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