Lab Spotlight: TARDEC - Direct Metal Deposition

Lab Spotlight: TARDEC - Direct Metal Deposition

TARDEC DMD

At the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC), engineers use a direct metal deposition (DMD) process to repair/rebuild worn and damaged components for Department of Defense (DOD) ground vehicle systems. This highly integrated systems engineering process utilizes laser, computer-aided design and powdered metal to reconfigure parts to accommodate design changes and technology upgrades for current combat and tactical fleets to deliver the most advanced ground vehicle technology to warfighters.

TARDEC provides advanced military automotive technology as the Ground Systems Integrator for all DOD manned and unmanned ground vehicle systems. The Center’s technical, scientific, and engineering staff conducts cutting-edge R&D in ground systems survivability; power and mobility; ground vehicle robotics; force projection; and vehicle electronics and architecture.

U.S. Army TARDEC photo by Brian Ferencz

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