Lightweight Military Ground Vehicles


A partnership with the ASCC and US Army DEVCOM Ground Vehicle System Center was formed to develop technology to reduce the weight of military ground vehicles with fiber-reinforced thermoplastic materials that reduce cost, maintain structural integrity and allow for rapid deployment.


  • Demonstration of the forming of a high-temperature thermoplastic polymer composite with a reinforced low-temperature, AM polymer mold


  • Shorter lead-time
  • Less expensive
  • Faster cycle time
  • Uses less energy
  • Lighter
  • Low cost additively manufactured (AM) tooling with sheet metal modification
  • Design of precision formed sheet metal cladding placed on the AM mold surfaces
  • Technique for localized laminate heating for optimized energy input in the forming process

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