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Raytheon Missile Systems gets defense contract

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Raytheon Missile Systems Co., based is Tucson Arizona, has been awarded the $523 million contract by the Department of Defense. Raytheon have previously incorporated 3D printing into their missile creations, that is what the contract is for. The DoD wants 47 SM-3 Block IB missiles fabricated, tested and delivered for fiscal 2016. This is the initially of three one year versions with a quantity of up to 52 per version year. The work can be performed in Tucson, Arizona; and Huntsville, Alabama, with an expected completion date of Sept. 30, 2021.

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Researchers at Raytheon Missile Systems say they have may already made only about each component of a guided weapon via additive assembling. The components include rocket engines, fins, parts for the guidance and control processs, and additional.

“You may futurely have these in the field,” said Jeremy Danforth, a Raytheon engineer who has printed working rocket motors. “Machines assembling machines. The user may [print on demand]. That’s the vision.”

The 3D printing process may reduce costs, that means the $523 million can futurely stretch a bit additional if they incorporate the innovation into their missiles.

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Engineers at the Raytheon University of Massachusetts Lowell Research Institute are developing ways to print complicated electronic circuits and microwave components – assembling blocks of sophisticated radars utilized in products like Raytheon’s Patriot air and missile defense process. The current method of assembling microscopic circuits involves removing material to turn it into a circuit pathway. In contrast, 3-D printing lays down only the material needed to create the electronic pathway.

“The word ‘printing’ implies lower cost,” said Chris McCarroll, Raytheon director for the institute. “It’s additive assembling. When we manufacture integrated circuits [now], it’s all subtractive. We put down quite expensive materials and wash away eachthing we don’t need.”

The Department of Defense is no stranger to the benefits of 3D printing. With the US Marines learning how to create and print any product when it is needed, as well as the US Navy printing obsolete and expensive parts, they are may already discovering the limitless future of additive assembling.

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