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Title: Exploring the Potential for 3D Printing in Medical Logistics for Medical Supplies in Operational Environments
Authors: Elena Williams, Bryan Hudgens
Kathryn Aten
Keywords: Medical Logistics
3D Printing (3DP)
Additive Manufacturing (AM)
Logistics Operations
Supply (JCA)
Issue Date: 2-May-2022
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Citation: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Acquisition Management;SYM-AM-22-033
Abstract: Medical supply shortages occur in mass casualty events in operational military environments. These challenge environments both lead to and exacerbate medical supply shortages. This study answers the research questions: Does 3D printing have the potential to positively affect medical logistics operations in these challenging environments, and if so, which Class VIII(a) consumable medical supplies show high potential? A qualitative case analysis investigates the challenges of medical logistics in austere, deployed environments, particularly in mass-casualty scenarios, and the implications of additive manufacturing to medical logistics operations in these environments. The analysis and findings suggest that some Class VIII(a) medical supplies are not good candidates for 3D printing, but others meet characteristic requirements to be 3D printed in operational environments. The study results in initial insights, propositions, and recommendations on how to proceed with 3D printing to support medical logistics operations in operational environments.
Description: Excerpt from the Proceedings of the Nineteenth Annual Acquisition Research Symposium
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