Objective Force Warrior is a new program initiated by the U.S. military forces. One of the program's primary goals is development of high-tech tools for soldiers to use on the battlefield. "With Objective Force Warrior, the Army wants to stretch the bounds of technology, but still have something that is feasible and can be built," says George Fisher of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Concept teams at the lab include engineers, biologists, and writers. Technologies under consideration for inclusion in new soldier gear include better communication devices, advanced situational awareness software, chemical and biological detection and protection systems, and advanced weapons. For more information, go to www.ornl.gov.
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
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