The FlexCare Deployable Additive Manufacturing Printing Facility

by Sean Pexton


The key to vehicle survivability in a combat or otherwise hostile environment is the capability to quickly resupply critical parts. Rapid production of hard to obtain components within the theater of operations can significantly increase the availability of combat vehicles or other equipment. Additive manufacturing enables significant reduction in lead time for these components and thus offers an enhancement of combat capability. However, AM operations have specific environmental and support requirements in order to function. In partnership with CESI and CAPSA, AddUp has developed a unique concept of a “modular plant” called the Anywhere Additive Factory. The unit can be adjusted to meet the manufacturing requirements and volumes needed, while also being easily dismantled and moved to another location.