The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), which manages the global supply chain, from raw materials to end user, for the Department of Defense (DoD), has developed an online advanced manufacturing resource to assist with the development of products to use in the fight against COVID-19.

The resource, called the Joint Additive Manufacturing Model Exchange (JAMMEX), offers users access to DoD-approved models and designs of personal protective equipment (PPE) including surgical masks and face shields, along with other equipment to be used to combat COVID-19.

Serving as a warehouse of technical data, the JAMMEX enables users to download and print DOD-curated models from several sources but held in one location, thereby presenting the DLA as an additive manufacturing authority for the DoD.

In development since 2018, JAMMEX has already been used to provide models for parts such as anti-reflection devices, drone parts and door handles, for instance. Reportedly, JAMMEX can improve responsiveness and lower the costs associated with manufacturing parts.

According to Catrina Murphy, a DLA additive manufacturing program manager, "Accelerating the adoption of the military services to load their approved models to JAMMEX, as well as investigating the feasibility of loading vendor-offered proprietary designs to JAMMEX for the military services' organic manufacturing base, are the next steps in propelling JAMMEX to be the DOD AM model authoritative source.”

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