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Additive Manufacturing at Raytheon: Rapid Prototyping, Multi-Functional Design, and Implementation Challenges for DoD Applications
Keywords: additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, multi-functional design
Additive Manufacturing and Printed Electronics offer many opportunities for Defense Applications. At Raytheon, we are leveraging the benefits of additive manufacturing for rapid prototyping, fixturing and tooling production, and deliverable parts. Commercial instruments are being used for 3D printing of various polymers, metals and ceramics. We have also invested in the development of printed electronics through the establishment of the Raytheon-UMass Lowell Research Institute (RURI). At RURI, students, professors and Raytheon personnel with backgrounds in electrical engineering, materials science, manufacturing, and mechanical design work side-by-side to advance the state of printed electronics. At the on-campus Raytheon facility located in the new Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, our team has been leveraging the UML expertise in polymer engineering to develop new dielectric materials, while also developing optimized processes for printed conductors and tunable dielectric inks. RF designs are developed, printed, and tested on site, resulting in rapid iteration cycles and an expedited path to product refinement.
Mary Herndon, Engineering Fellow
Tweksbury, MA

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