CDLS AdM as a Service Working Group

The Chief of Defence Logistics & Support (CDLS), currently VAdm Andy Kyte, tasked the Defence Support Transformation & Innovation team (part of Strategic Command, and residing in MoD Abbey Wood) to test the feasibility of pursuing ‘Additive Manufacturing (AdM) as a Service’ pan the Front Line Commands (Army, Navy, Maritime & Space). This tasking includes:

  1. Examining the choices/processes/technologies available in the marketplace in respect of who should produce components in the context of a centralised strategic base capability, i.e. could a designated OEM provide bespoke AdM services to UK MOD on an ‘as required’ basis.
  2. Establish the degree to which the model could be extended into the MOD Supply Chain.

Subsequently, and as briefed at DSEI in Aug 21, CDLS gave notice of the intention to accelerate AdM as a key component of the Defence Supply Chain.

A commercial framework has now been created in order to accelerate the maturity of metal AdM technologies to assist in getting them to the point where the intention is for Industry to produce parts for the Defence Inventory, working with DE&S Delivery Teams and FLC’s, and fitted to In-Service platforms, for which the print files are transmissible, and IPR and certification has been addressed. This ‘challenge’ was launched by CDLS’ team in April 2022, providing industry with the opportunity to submit proposals on how they could deliver the required ‘AdM as a service’ offering (Project TAMPA). 

Concurrently, a series of Industry / MOD co-chaired Working Groups are taking place, with membership from a wide range of interested & relevant industry & MoD stakeholders, to ensure that the certification, IPR, inventory management and ‘Digital Thread’ aspects of delivering AdM to the MoD as a standard offering are suitably addressed. These working groups (held virtually every 2-3 months and at volunteered premises every quarter) provide the opportunity for the joint MoD & Industry AdM community to network and learn from each other, as well as formulate a roadmap for ‘AdM as a service’ implementation within UK Defence.

 The current MoD senior sponsor for AdM in Defence is Maj Gen Phil Prosser, Director Joint Support.

 A selection of documentation relating to the AdMaaS challenge / Project TAMPA are provided below. A comprehensive set of documents are maintained on the secure Kahootz sharepoint site, with access requested by emailing

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CDLS AdM as a Service Working Group Documents

Indicative “Value for Money” Metrics for Additive Manufacture of Defence Spares19/Mar/2024
FCG OIL Additive Manufacturing Hack 3-4 April 2023 Registration Information15/Feb/2023
AdM Defence Inventory task – final report13/Oct/2023
20231206 – AdM WG Annual Survey reminder06/Dec/2023
20230324 ADM as a Service Coventry Meeting slides24/Mar/2023
20230127-NATO AdM Report Aug22 IMWG Summary v227/Jan/2023
20221110-AdM as a Service Challenge Annual Report10/Nov/2022
20220526-AdM as a Service Working Group-briefing pack-final13/May/2022
20220526-AdM as a Service Working Group – Main Slide Deck01/Jun/2022
20220427-July AdM Timeline for DSP27/Apr/2022
20220427-AdM Virtual Network Opportunity V1.027/Apr/2022
20220427-AdM industry day follow up questions27/Apr/2022
20220427-AdM Challenge Industry Day Brief27/Apr/2022
20211113 – AdM Challenge – Governance Opportunities Briefing Pack13/Nov/2021
20211113 – AdM Challenge – Exec ToR draft28/Feb/2022
20211113 – AdM Challenge – Digital Thread ToR Draft13/Nov/2021
20211113 – AdM Challenge – Certification ToR Draft13/Nov/2021
20211026 – Supply Chain SWG 26 Oct 21 AdM Maturity Task26/Oct/2021
20211013 – AdM Inventory Management ToR Draft28/Feb/2022
20210705 – CDLS Tasker – AdM as a Service Strat Base Maturity05/Jul/2021
20210408 -11 DefSp SC SWG 2021 Qualifying and process aproval AM manufacture08/Apr/2021
20210408 – 9 DefSp SC SWG 20210407-71(IR) AdM update08/Apr/2021
20210408 – 7 DefSp SC SWG RN AM08/Apr/2021
20210408 – 5 DefSp SC SWG -Team Defence AdM SWG Apr 21 Preso-ES Cap Dev Overview08/Apr/2021
20210408 – 10 DefSp SC SWG Liquid Metal Printing Defence Support SC Sub-WG Mtg08/Apr/2021
20200427 – Webinar #7 NATO AdM – an Industry View27/Apr/2021
20200427 – Webinar #6 AM Community response to Covid-1927/Apr/2020
20200427 – Webinar #5 Dstl LTI AdM Project27/Apr/2020
20200427 – Webinar #2 Creat3d Metal Printing Presentation27/Apr/2020
20200427 – Webinar #1 Army Additive Manufacturing Cap Inv Webinar Update27/Apr/2020
20200413 – Additive Manufacturing Lunchtime Webinars April 202013/Apr/2022
20200330 – Additive Manufacturing Newsletter March 2020 Vol 1 Issue 230/Mar/2021
20200330 – Additive Manufacturing Newsletter March 2020 Vol 1 Issue 230/Mar/2020
20200113-Research Technology & Innovation Activities 2019 TD-Info Summary plus 202013/Jan/2020
20191112-AdM SWG Nov MTC NCAM12/Nov/2019
20191112-AdM SWG Nov Dstl Corrosion of AM Components12/Nov/2019
20191112-AdM SWG Nov – Industry View Capability More than Just Technology12/Nov/2019
20191112-AdM SWG 12 Nov 2019 Agenda Pack12/Nov/2019
20191112 – AdM SWG Nov TWI Cold Spray12/Nov/2019
20191112 – AdM SWG Nov MTC NCAM12/Nov/2019
20191112 – AdM SWG Nov Dstl Corrosion of AM Components12/Nov/2019
20191112 – AdM SWG Nov Arke Reduced Log Need12/Nov/2019
20191112 – AdM SWG Nov Arke Reduced Log Need12/Nov/2019
20191112 – AdM SWG Nov – Industry View Capability More than Just Technology12/Nov/2019
20191112 – AdM SWG 12 Nov 2019 Agenda Pack12/Nov/2019
20190730 – Def Logs AM Concept Note30/Jul/2019
20190730 – AM Sub WG Terms of Reference30/Jul/2019
20190724 – DE&S AM on Sustainable Warrior24/Jul/2019
20190329 -The Best Part to Print – Process for Down-Selecting Parts for Additive Manufacturing – Travis Chamberlain29/Mar/2019
20190109 – Additive Manufacturing (AdM) News Vol 1 Iss 1 Sep 1909/Jan/2019
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