Operationalizing Printed Electronics & Additive Manufacturing To Enhance Warfighter Capabilities And Strengthen The Organic Industrial Base (Printed Electronics USA 2017)

Mr James Zunino, ARDEC Project Officer / Materials Engineer
United States


USA 2017 Presentation - US Army ARDEC*

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Presentation Summary

Within the US Army and its strategic partners, printing technologies are allowing the design and manufacturing communities to realize the massive benefits and advantages now achievable. Additive Manufacturing, including printed and hybrid flex electronics, are changing the way military systems are designed, fabricated, tested, monitored, and manufactured. The ability to "print" designs that currently cannot be manufactured while removing component integration and geometry barriers is resulting in new enhanced functionality and allowing the DOD to revolutionize the defense industrial base. Recent advances in materials, process, and equipment will directly benefit current and future systems. By integrating printed electronics, polymers, metals, and energetics into/onto 3D structures, new solutions and applications can be realized to enhance our Warfighters' capabilities. These technologies have allowed revolutionary changes in design, materials, and fabrication of components and sub-systems for numerous military applications. These capabilities are helping the DOD and its strategic partners to capitalize on these technological breakthroughs and to develop systems that are "smarter," more rapidly deployable, lighter and smaller. Total Life-Cycle benefits from design to de-mil are being realized through the advancement of printed electronics and additive manufacturing. Unique military considerations, current technology barriers, and recent applications for US Military and the Organic Industrial Base will be discussed.

Speaker Biography (James Zunino)

Mr. James Zunino is a Materials Engineer within the Materials, Manufacturing and Prototype Technology Division, located at the U.S Army Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. He holds a Master's of Business Administration and a B.S in Chemical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Mr. Zunino serves as the ARDEC Subject Matter Expert on smart coatings, flexible electronics, material printing, and novel ink development. Mr. Zunino works with customers and end users to develop prototypes and provides solutions to help meet needs and requirements. He has received numerous awards including: Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, Department of the Army Research and Development Achievement Award, IDTechEx Academic R&D, as well as other DoD and Industry awards.

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