On November 30th and December 2nd, John Danko was honored to participate on two additive manufacturing panels at Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages and the Defense Manufacturing Conferences (DMC) held at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix and Phoenix Convention Centers. The theme of this year’s convention was “The Future is Now… Creating Innovation Paths Towards Game Changing Results.”
During the conference, Danko Arlington’s efforts in adopting additive manufacturing to replace the obsolete trade of patternmaking for DOD castings were highlighted as a model for the contracting industry. In addition, special emphasis on improved metallurgy and state-of-the-art foundry practices were discussed as options to lesser known and expensive 3-D metal printing.
Obviously, innovations in additive manufacturing has caught the attention of the Warfighter who is currently seeking to find a balance between new methods of making things, product reliability, cost, and safety. Through information exchanges such as the DMC/DMSMS conferences, government and industry are learning the pros and cons of adopting additive for continuous improvement of our national security.