Focus on: Advanced manufacturing
Recognising that the industrial manufacturing base of a nation is critical to success of future operations, FCG is underpinning efforts to accelerate use of leading-edge advanced manufacturing (AdM), better known as 3D printing, to streamline defence logistics, ensuring equipment parts are more readily available for front line commands across the world.
3D printing is a computer controlled process for making a physical item, from a computer design, by building up layers of material.
This technology, which enables manufacturing at point of need, therefore improving existing supply chains by reducing logistics burdens, has seen a rapid, ground-up, adoption across all Armed Forces domains with around 40 3D printers currently in use across Defence.
In addition to boosting availability and enhancing efficiency, AdM processes have the potential to vastly reduce the MOD’s carbon footprint by allowing Armed Forces to create the parts they need wherever they are globally, reducing the need for that equipment to be shipped out.