Military 3D Printing

3D Printing News Briefs, December 1st, 2021: Filaments, Funding, & More

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, BASF has made two of its Ultrafuse filaments available for the Zortrax M300 Dual 3D printer. Moving to business, a consortium led by Authentise…

US Navy Awards MatterHackers $5M for Ultimaker 3D Printers & Training

With a selection of over 70 desktop 3D printers and more than 2,000 materials, it’s no wonder that California company MatterHackers is the biggest USA-based retailer of desktop systems and…

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Coatings Giant PPG 3D Prints Lockheed Aircraft Parts with New, Proprietary Tech

As 3DPrint.com’s Matt Kremenetsky recently pointed out, centuries-old conglomerates are pushing into the 3D printing space, where smaller firms could give them an Industry 4.0 life raft as global economics…

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Republican “New Deal” Signaled by Reagan Institute Manufacturing Task Force Report

The Reagan Institute’s Center for Peace Through Strength, a Washington, D.C. national security think tank (and one of many organizations under the umbrella of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation) has…

GE Announces Metal 3D Printing Simulation and More at Formnext

As one of the most significant players in additive manufacturing (AM), GE Additive is always a company to watch at industry trade shows. At this year’s Formnext, the firm unveiled…

Rice University Will Use Carbon 3D Printer to Create “Smart Helmets” for Warfighters

Rice University researchers in Houston, Texas, received a $1.3 million grant from the US Department of Defense (DoD) to create the world’s first printable military “smart helmet” using Carbon’s large-format,…

Australian Military 3D Prints Over a Dozen Armoured Vehicle Parts in the Field

The use of 3D printing in the Australian military is becoming widespread. It all started a few years ago when Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government announced a AU$200 billion ($148…

US Army Robotically Delivers 3D Printed Tank Part in Project Convergence

This was followed up by a document released in June, titled “Use of Additive Manufacturing in the DoD.” The first policy listed in the June document states that “[The DoD…

Project Call to Advance 3D Printed Components for Aerospace and Defense Applications

America Makes members are invited to apply to a new research project entitled “Maturation of Additive Geometric Management Approaches for High Mach Applications,” or MAGMA. Funded by the Air Force…

US Military’s 3D Printing Cybersecurity to Be Improved with Stratasys ProtectAM Platform

As discussed in our recent 3DPrint.com PRO article, 3D printing is seeing increasing use in military applications, which is the obviously the largest sector for government spending in the U.S….

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How Additive Manufacturing is Quietly Revolutionizing the Defense Industry

During the inaugural AM Investment Strategies summit, which was held virtually this September, I was fortunate enough to speak on a panel of industry leaders about trends in additive manufacturing…

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Design for Disruption: Design for Maintenance in Space

We’ve learned that it may be interesting to think of 3D printing in terms of design for maintenance. By optimizing maintenance, lengthening maintenance intervals, and making maintenance faster or more…

Secret Audit Reveals US Military’s 3D Printing Tech Vulnerable to Cyberattacks

To those of us who are particularly civic-minded, few news alerts are more anxiety-inducing than those in which the U.S. military’s most broadly-encompassing actions are put under the microscope. The…

US Army to Explore 3D Printed Helmets with General Lattice

General Lattice‘s design software is to be used by the U.S. Army’s Development Command Soldier Center (DEVCOM-SC) to make lattices for the military division’s combat helmet. The company is involved…

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US Navy Issues $20M to Stratasys to Purchase Large-Format 3D Printers

The U.S. Navy has been steadily increasing its investment into practical 3D printer usage, as opposed to research. The latest comes in the form of a whopping $20 million contract…

$500K in Air Force Funding Open for 3D Printing Projects with America Makes

At the end of June, America Makes, driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and focused on AM technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation, announced a request…

Hug the Panda, Part 5: Ambitions Take Flight for Chinese Aerospace

One of the main drivers in China’s 3D printing development is to aid the nation’s ambitions in aviation. A sustained, decades-long, dizzying rise in wealth through technological and manufacturing progress…

3D Printing News Briefs, August 12, 2021: Metal 3D Printing & More

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, Aurora Labs is testing out its metal 3D printing on Australian Navy frigates, while a Silicon Valley startup is creating custom 3D printed carbon…

Defense Appropriations Bill Secures Millions for 3D Printing

The House Appropriations Committee approved a $706 billion defense budget for the fiscal year 2022, which includes $31.5 million towards additive manufacturing (AM) initiatives in Ohio and at least $25…

Optomec Receives $500K Contract from USAF for Additive Repair of Jet Engine Components

Metal and electronics 3D printing solutions provider Optomec was awarded a $1 million contract from the US Air Force in late 2020 to create and install a high-volume additive repair…

Markforged Releases Next Gen Metal 3D Printer and Ruggedized 3D Printer

Ahead of its upcoming SPAC merger with one, Markforged has announced new hardware and software releases. The firm says the new Metal X Gen 2, Next Day Metal, and X7…