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.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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