Rapid Prototyping for Rapid Success

Friday October 02, 2020

A successfully fielded product begins with a comprehensive design, accurate prototype, and quickly manufactured component. Ordinarily, this would present a complex challenge for end-users in the defense industry and would sometimes require different vendors in different states for each need. However, for our customers, this process has evolved.

Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, supports the design, prototyping, and manufacturing of some of the nation's most technologically complex challenges--all in one location. We bring an unparalleled advantage to the Leidos team, enabling us to meet customer needs with agility and speed by executing full lifecycle capabilities that support our warfighter.

Step 1: Design - Solutions Complex

Our Solutions Complex opened its doors in 2012, expanding the Dynetics campus by 226,500 square feet. This facility boasts a wide range of space, including laboratory, assembly fabrication, exploitation, integration, and collaborative areas, to facilitate rapid and affordable technology and software development for commercial and government customers. Our experts are mission-focused on modeling and simulation, design, analysis, software development, reverse engineering, and advanced systems integration and testing.

The Solutions Complex is also home to multiple national priority programs, including the DARPA Gremlins Program.

Step 2: Prototype - Dynetics Technical Solutions (DTS)

Dynetics Technical Solutions (DTS), a Dynetics subsidiary, provides in-house machining and fabrication for the most robust rapid prototyping and production. This state-of-the art machining center is fully capable of Department of Defense (DoD) classified operations, and utilizes ISO-compliant management information to track all aspects of project planning, production, inspection, and completion. Collocated with Design and Manufacturing facilities, our engineers can collaborate to quickly and effectively develop prototypes that meet customer specifications.

From operations that once supported the Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) to current machining focused on aiding the Department of Defense in the making of the Common-Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB), this facility continues to house programs of national importance.

Step 3: Manufacture - Gilbert Advanced Manufacturing Facility

The Dr. Stephen M. Gilbert Advanced Manufacturing Facility, named for one of Dynetics' co-founders, added 78,000 square feet to our campus in 2019. This facility provides advanced automation manufacturing and assembly production capabilities, increasing production volume, enabling rapid changeover, increasing reliability, and housing a detailed inventory system. It allows for rapid changeover, greater reliability, and offers classified manufacturing, giving our team a much more nimble approach to a sometimes-bulky manufacturing process.

This facility supports several major production areas, including automotive configuration and testing for support test plants around the world; electronics manufacturing for an entire suite of printed circuit boards and avionics products; cable harness solutions for various partner needs; and a final assembly area for large and small systems.

Within this facility, government and industry customers can now can complete final assembly and test for a wide variety of Dynetics products from small system components to full weapon systems. The expanded capabilities allow customers to complete the design, prototype, and manufacture process all in one location, and we are proud to be the provider of choice.

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