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Arris, U.S. Army & LIFT launch collaborative project to lightweight vehicles

Arris, U.S. Army, and LIFT launch collaborative project to lightweight combat vehicles through a unique, scalable additive manufacturing process.

Arris, U.S. Army & LIFT launch collaborative project to lightweight vehicles
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Arris, a California-based advanced manufacturer enabling the use of high-performance composites in mass-market products, transportation, and industrial applications, announced a project with the U.S. Army’s Michigan-based Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicle Systems Center (DEVCOM GVSC) focused on vehicle seats to demonstrate significant vehicle weight reductions through part consolidation, topology optimization, and an aligned continuous carbon fiber composite structure.

This initial project will utilize Arris’ uniquely scalable Additive Molding manufacturing technology platform. The project is being contracted through LIFT, a public-private partnership between the Department of Defense, industry leaders, and academia.

Army vehicles have been increasing in weight over time due to new technology and safety components for soldiers, and this partnership is part of the Army’s effort to advance the use of cutting-edge technologies that enable high-strength, lighter, more fuel-efficient tactical vehicles with superior mobility and protection. By replacing an assembly of metal components in crew seats with a single continuous fiber-reinforced composite (CFRC) structure, Arris will demonstrate the advantages of its manufacturing technology for broader vehicle applications.

Nigel Francis, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director at LIFT, a Department of Defense manufacturing innovation institute said:
“The real significance of a weight savings approach for vehicle design depends on its broader applicability. High-end, high-cost vehicles have lightweighting approaches that don’t translate to mass production and cost-sensitive industries. Arris’ unique ability to combine lightweight materials, lightweight structural designs, and cost-effective manufacturing is an important set of capabilities to drive LIFT strategic objectives. Our collaboration with Arris and the Army is an important step in lightweighting vehicle structures for the military and the competitiveness of the U.S. automotive industry as a whole.”

Ethan Escowitz, CEO and Founder at Arris said:
“Working with LIFT and the Army to bring together advanced composites and advanced structural design in a key vehicle subassembly is an important step in advancing vehicle architectures. This pioneering work with LIFT will pave the way for broader adoption of lightweighting, and realizing the associated performance, efficiency, and sustainability benefits.”

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