Caleb G. Dann

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

First Advisor

Brigham A. Moore, PhD


Additive Manufacturing Construction (AMC) is an emerging technology in the construction industry which utilizes 3-D printing to reduce costs, labor requirements and deviations in quality. This technology has the ability to rapidly produce repeatable construction projects while tailoring each to specific requirements through the use of 3-D designs. One of the primary objectives of the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) is to continue meeting mission demands with a greater focus on the efficient use of resources. AMC has the ability to satisfy the requirements of this objective. The United States Air Force has begun initial print trials but have not yet fully operationalized this technology. This study implements several decision-making methodologies which provide leaders with a framework for implementing this technology in terms of personnel training, team composition, and equipment selection. The outcome of this work is the identification of an optimized team composition capable of performing AMC based on their current skills and potential future skills along with a methodology to select the equipment that best fits the expeditionary construction needs of the Air Force.

AFIT Designator



A 12-month embargo was observed.

Approved for public release: 88ABW-2023-0375