ARA Leads Innovative Additive Construction Program to Improve Battlefield Mobility

Additive Construction site

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is at the forefront of the revolution of additive construction, leading the Additive Construction of Maneuver Enabling Technology (ACME Tech) program for the United States Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (USACE-ERDC).

ACME Tech is an innovative construction system focused on building battlefield mobility, countermobility, and force protection structures. ACME Tech serves as a force multiplier by leveraging existing equipment, local materials, and reduced crew sizes through the use of robotics to support combat engineering missions. It results in decreased material waste through 3D printed adapted geometries for structural items and increased flexibility through on demand construction.

Under the ACME Tech program, ARA is developing structural designs of mobility- and countermobility-enabling items while leveraging indigenous materials of varying qualities that would be found at the point-of-need during construction, reducing the logistical and environmental burden of construction activities.

ARA is also developing a first-of-its-kind standalone software solution to convert 3D design files from CAD software into machine instructions for a 3D additive construction printer to operate, and creating a mobile additive construction equipment package that can be deployed by air, land, and sea to conduct construction operations in any environment.

ARA is a proven infrastructure leader with a long history of meeting warfighter needs while helping government agencies innovate to protect and defend U.S. interests. ARA provides the government with critical expertise to ensure our systems engineering efforts meet the highest standards while building capabilities for a better tomorrow.

About ARA

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) was founded in 1979, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to offer science and engineering research to solve problems of national importance. ARA delivers leading-edge products and innovative solutions for national defense, energy, homeland security, aerospace, healthcare, transportation, and manufacturing. With over 2,000 employee-owners at locations in the U.S. and Canada, ARA offers a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil engineering, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, biomedical engineering, environmental technologies, and blast testing and measurement.