Military 3D Printing

World’s Largest Polymer 3D Printer Unveiled by UMaine: Houses, Tools, Boats to Come

The University of Maine has once again broken its own record by unveiling the largest polymer 3D printer in the world. Surpassing its 2019 achievement, the new Factory of the…

HP & INDO-MIM Collaborate to Boost Metal 3D Printing in India

HP Inc. and INDO-MIM, a US- and India-based supplier of metal injection molding (MIM) powders and contract manufacturer, have announced that the two companies will collaborate to accelerate additive manufacturing…

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US Army Corps of Engineers’ Megan Kreiger on the State of Construction 3D Printing

Despite last year’s gloomy reports about the financial state of the additive manufacturing (AM) industry, there’s no doubt that we’re actually witnessing the birth of a sector rather than its…

RapidFlight Wants to Make Drones at Scale with 3D Printing

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine highlighted the effectiveness of small, inexpensive drones in destroying armored vehicles. Meanwhile, larger drones such as the Turkish Bayraktar played a crucial role in halting the…

National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing Selects Cybersecurity Startup to Lead Manufacturing Supply Chain Project

The Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) MxD (Manufacturing x Digital), designated by the Department of Defense (DoD) as the National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing, has selected Corsha, a Washington DC-based…

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Profiling a Construction 3D Printing Pioneer: US Army Corps of Engineers’ Megan Kreiger

The world of construction 3D printing is still so new that the true experts can probably be counted on two hands. Among them is Megan Kreiger, Portfolio Manager of Additive…

IperionX Inks 10-Year Deal with Wisconsin Manufacturer for 80 Metric Tons of Titanium Per Year

IperionX, the Charlotte-based supplier of sustainable titanium powders used for additive manufacturing (AM) and metal injection molding (MIM), has signed a ten-year deal with United Stars, a group of industrial…

America Makes Announces IMPACT 2.0: $6.6M in New 3D Printing Funding

America Makes, the Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) based in Youngstown, Ohio, has announced IMPACT (Improvement in Manufacturing Productivity via Additive Capabilities and Techno-Economic Analysis) 2.0, a project call which will…

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Lockheed Martin Leads $3M Investment in Q5D’s Electronics 3D Printing System

Q5D, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of robotic arm, hybrid additive manufacturing (AM) systems used for wire harness production, has closed a $3 million investment round. The investment arm of…

$25M to Back Sintavia’s Largest Expansion of Metal 3D Printing Capacity Since 2019

Sintavia, the digital manufacturing company specializing in mission-critical parts for strategic sectors, announced a $25 million investment to increase its production capacity, the largest expansion to its operations since 2019….

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US Navy Awards Contract to Ursa Major for 3D Printed Solid Rocket Motors

The Naval Energetics Systems and Technologies (NEST) Program has awarded a contract to Ursa Major to develop and test a solid rocket motor (SRM) prototype for the US Navy’s Standard…

Naval Postgraduate School Opens Advanced Manufacturing Center as First Submarine Valve Assembly is 3D Printed

The US Navy’s additive manufacturing (AM) activity saw a striking acceleration in 2023, but as I wrote in November of last year, the branch was just getting warmed up. Bearing…

Lincoln Electric Signals Acceleration of Distributed Large Format 3D Printing with RedViking Acquisition

Lincoln Electric (NASDAQ: LECO), the Cleveland-based original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of arc welding systems, has acquired RedViking, a systems integrator for automation solutions based in Plymouth, Michigan. Terms of Lincoln…

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US Army Corps of Engineers Taps Lincoln Electric & Eaton for Largest 3D Printed US Civil Works Part

The Soo Locks sit on the US-Canadian border, enabling maritime travel between Lake Superior and Lake Huron, from which ships can reach the rest of the Great Lakes. Crafts carrying…

Dutch Army Acquires 10 Titomic 3D Printers to Support Ukraine

Australian cold spray technology leader Titomic (ASX: TTT) recently secured its largest D523 system order, valued at €772,000 ($833,798), from the land branch of the Royal Netherlands Army, the Koninklijke…

UK Ministry of Defence Buys Two Metal 3D Printers for Royal Navy MRO

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has purchased two metal 3D printers from UK supplier Additive X, in a contract valued at £383,000 (~$483,000). The Royal Navy will use the…

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Firestorm Gets $12.5M from Lockheed and Others to Automate Drone Production with 3D Printing

Firestorm Labs is advancing an initiative that has been a topic of discussion on our site for a while: automating drone swarm production. Drones are increasingly altering the landscape of…

3D Printing News Briefs, March 23, 2024: AM in the US Coast Guard, Navy, & More

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re discussing the use of 3D printing in various branches of the military, including the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy, and the German…

Air Force Awards Fortius Metals $1.25M to Qualify 3D Printing Wire for Hypersonic Applications

AFWERX, part of the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), awarded a Direct-to-Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract worth $1.25 million to Colorado’s Fortius Metals, to accelerate qualification…

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Pressing Refresh: What CEO Brad Kreger and Velo3D Have Learned About Running a 3D Printing Company

To whatever extent a business is successful thanks to specialization, businesses will nonetheless always be holistic entities. A company isn’t a bunch of compartments that all happen to share the…

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This Isn’t the End for Boeing. It’s a New Beginning for AM

Boeing is a terrible company. Right? It depends on what you mean by “terrible” — and, I suppose, what you mean by “company.” Boeing is less a company than it…

Something Federal in the Air at AMUG 2024

“The 3D printing industry would probably be dead in the water if it weren’t for the U.S. government,” a representative of the US military said at the 2024 Additive Manufacturing…

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Hypersonic Heats Up: CEO Joe Laurienti on the Success of Ursa Major’s 3D Printed Engine

“It’s only been about 24 hours now, so I’m still digesting it,” Joe Laurienti said. But even via Zoom, it was easy to notice that the CEO was satisfied. The…

3D Printing & the Military: Advanced & Brittle

The U.S. military is currently implementing 3D printing on a significant scale, focusing on areas such as maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), hypersonics, and strengthening the industrial base. This technology…