3d printing in the military

Argonne National Laboratory Researching Metal 3D Printing for Improved Military Applications

Argonne National Laboratory Researching Metal 3D Printing for Improved Military Applications

The military has been enthusiastically exploring 3D printing applications in a number of areas, from 3D printed drones to submarine hulls. But perhaps the most intriguing applications of 3D printing in the military are those that can be 3D printed right in the field. If servicemembers have the ability to 3D print what they need […]

The military has been enthusiastically exploring 3D printing applications in a number of areas, from 3D printed drones to submarine hulls. But perhaps the most intriguing applications of 3D printing in the military are those that can be 3D printed right in the field....
US Marines Mobilize 3D Printing With X-FAB

US Marines Mobilize 3D Printing With X-FAB

To make the US Marines an ever-more-agile fighting force and empower Marines of all ranks to innovate and create solutions wherever they may be, the US Marine Corps has developed the X-FAB, which is essentially a self-contained 3D printing facility in a box, specifically, a fully transportable, mission-configurable, 20×20 foot collapsible box that looks like […]

To make the US Marines an ever-more-agile fighting force and empower Marines of all ranks to innovate and create solutions wherever they may be, the US Marine Corps has developed the X-FAB, which is essentially a self-contained 3D printing facility in a box,...
US Marines Successfully Test 3D Printed Containers Packed with Explosive Charges

US Marines Successfully Test 3D Printed Containers Packed with Explosive Charges

3D printing technology can undoubtedly be used for good in the military, from surveillance and training to helping in the development of field trauma simulators, from maintaining aging aircraft parts to making 3D printed wearable antennae and submarine hulls; the technology can even be used to lower the logistical footprint of convoys. There are also many who believe […]

3D printing technology can undoubtedly be used for good in the military, from surveillance and training to helping in the development of field trauma simulators, from maintaining aging aircraft parts to making 3D printed wearable antennae and submarine hulls; the...
Air Force Research Laboratory Uses X-Rays to Study 3D Printing Material Properties

Air Force Research Laboratory Uses X-Rays to Study 3D Printing Material Properties

The US military has been using 3D printing in myriad ways, applying the technology to everything from submarine hulls to water bottles to drones and much more. Eventually, the Air Force would like to use the technology on a warfighter, but some work needs to be done before that can happen. 3D printing still has its […]

The US military has been using 3D printing in myriad ways, applying the technology to everything from submarine hulls to water bottles to drones and much more. Eventually, the Air Force would like to use the technology on a warfighter, but some work needs to be done...
Researchers Develop New Type of 3D Printed Wearable Antenna

Researchers Develop New Type of 3D Printed Wearable Antenna

The National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST) is located in Thiruvananthapuram, India and is home to several brilliant scientists working in a range of fields of study. Recently, a group of those scientists used 3D printing to develop a new kind of wearable antenna that can be embedded into fabric, like military uniforms, for example. Antennae […]

The National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST) is located in Thiruvananthapuram, India and is home to several brilliant scientists working in a range of fields of study. Recently, a group of those scientists used 3D printing to develop a...
US Army 3D Prints Barracks From Locally Sourced Concrete

US Army 3D Prints Barracks From Locally Sourced Concrete

We’ve been hearing a lot about the US military’s use of 3D printing lately. The Army just released a new report on its use of 3D printing, and just today we learned about the Marine Corps’ research into portable 3D printing labs. Now, a three-year Army program has resulted in a 3D printed barracks, also known […]

We’ve been hearing a lot about the US military’s use of 3D printing lately. The Army just released a new report on its use of 3D printing, and just today we learned about the Marine Corps’ research into portable 3D printing labs. Now, a three-year...
X-FAB: Marines Evaluate Portable 3D Printing Facility for Maintenance Battalions

X-FAB: Marines Evaluate Portable 3D Printing Facility for Maintenance Battalions

While it may seem that nearly every type of industry today is making use of 3D printing, this applies to the US military also. And while they may employ creativity while making new parts just like everyone else, most US government offices and aspects of the military have detailed plans and long-range goals for how […]

While it may seem that nearly every type of industry today is making use of 3D printing, this applies to the US military also. And while they may employ creativity while making new parts just like everyone else, most US government offices and aspects of the military...
US Navy and ORNL Team Up to Develop the Military's First 3D Printed Submarine Hull on the BAAM

US Navy and ORNL Team Up to Develop the Military's First 3D Printed Submarine Hull on the BAAM

3D printing technology is used often in the military these days: the Marine Corps created a 3D printed surveillance drone and are learning to use the technology to solve on-site problems, and the Air Force in South Africa, Brazil, Israel, and the US have all found applications for the technology. The US Navy developed the cost-saving, 3D […]

3D printing technology is used often in the military these days: the Marine Corps created a 3D printed surveillance drone and are learning to use the technology to solve on-site problems, and the Air Force in South Africa, Brazil, Israel, and the US have all found...
Marines See the Benefit of 3D Printers in Combat Zones

Marines See the Benefit of 3D Printers in Combat Zones

Military troops spend their careers engaged in the overall directive of keeping US citizens safe. In active duty, they may also be engaged in a battle between life and death themselves out in the field. Today though, much of war is ‘smarter,’ and military officials are not just interested in but are already using progressive, […]

Military troops spend their careers engaged in the overall directive of keeping US citizens safe. In active duty, they may also be engaged in a battle between life and death themselves out in the field. Today though, much of war is ‘smarter,’ and military...
Marines 3D Print Nibbler Drone to Offer Surveillance & Carry Supplies

Marines 3D Print Nibbler Drone to Offer Surveillance & Carry Supplies

The Marines have certainly been gaining steam as a force in 3D printing—of the useful sort. We’ve followed their progress, with multiple forays into the technology, even to include the use of a 3D printing hub. Other areas of the US military have been enjoying the benefits of 3D printing also, looking to the potential it […]

The Marines have certainly been gaining steam as a force in 3D printing—of the useful sort. We’ve followed their progress, with multiple forays into the technology, even to include the use of a 3D printing hub. Other areas of the US military have been...
The Next "Mother of All Bombs" May Be Smaller, Lighter and 3D Printed

The Next "Mother of All Bombs" May Be Smaller, Lighter and 3D Printed

Last month, the United States dropped a 21,600 pound bomb on a remote area of Afghanistan, attacking a tunnel complex used by Islamic State militants. The Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or MOAB, was also nicknamed the Mother of All Bombs and was the largest and most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in a combat situation. […]

Last month, the United States dropped a 21,600 pound bomb on a remote area of Afghanistan, attacking a tunnel complex used by Islamic State militants. The Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or MOAB, was also nicknamed the Mother of All Bombs and was the largest and most...
Naval Research Shows 3D Printing Makes JPADS More Accurate and Cost-Effective

Naval Research Shows 3D Printing Makes JPADS More Accurate and Cost-Effective

The United States Army, Air Force, and Marines have been using aerial delivery systems (ADS) since WWII, so obviously 3D printed drones have major applications in the military – they’re not just for getting a pizza delivered. Another aerial tool that the military employs is a glider, which differs from a drone because it doesn’t […]

The United States Army, Air Force, and Marines have been using aerial delivery systems (ADS) since WWII, so obviously 3D printed drones have major applications in the military – they’re not just for getting a pizza delivered. Another aerial tool that the...
3D Printing in the Military

3D Printing in the Military

3D printing has many military applications. Militaries around the world have been working on developing 3D printing technologies, using 3D printing for prototypes, developing their own fablabs and using the technology in aircraft and other military vehicles. Many millions have been invested in 3D printing technologies and getting them ready for production in the field. […]

3D printing has many military applications. Militaries around the world have been working on developing 3D printing technologies, using 3D printing for prototypes, developing their own fablabs and using the technology in aircraft and other military vehicles. Many...
South African Air Force Finds Advantages in 3D Printing

South African Air Force Finds Advantages in 3D Printing

This week, the South African Air Force (SAAF) held its annual Prestige Day Parade at the Air Force Base Waterkloof and named as its most prestigious unit the Air Force Base Bloemspruit. Just what has this unit done to deserve such an honor? Bloemspruit, home to 16 Squadron flying Rooivalks, is a fighting base that has […]

This week, the South African Air Force (SAAF) held its annual Prestige Day Parade at the Air Force Base Waterkloof and named as its most prestigious unit the Air Force Base Bloemspruit. Just what has this unit done to deserve such an honor? Bloemspruit, home to 16...
A Closer Look at the Many Uses for Additive Manufacturing & Augmented Reality in America's Military Forces

A Closer Look at the Many Uses for Additive Manufacturing & Augmented Reality in America's Military Forces

3D printing and additive manufacturing are reshaping the military in America, and in other countries as well. Marines in California took a short class in 2016 about how to best use 3D printing to solve problems on-site, the DON COOL Hub for both the Navy and the Marines uses a Zeus 3D printer, and the […]

3D printing and additive manufacturing are reshaping the military in America, and in other countries as well. Marines in California took a short class in 2016 about how to best use 3D printing to solve problems on-site, the DON COOL Hub for both the Navy and the...
Defence IQ Study Suggests 75% of Military Professionals Believe 3D Printing Will Be Standardized

Defence IQ Study Suggests 75% of Military Professionals Believe 3D Printing Will Be Standardized

Military research, analysis and commentary company Defence IQ revealed in a recent study presented via infographic that over 28% of surveyed military professionals and stakeholders are actively looking into the development and implementation of 3D printing or additive manufacturing-based systems. Previously, 3DPrint.com reported the increasing usage of 3D printing technology in the field of military defense, aircraft and spacecraft […]

Military research, analysis and commentary company Defence IQ revealed in a recent study presented via infographic that over 28% of surveyed military professionals and stakeholders are actively looking into the development and implementation of 3D printing or additive...
European Defence Agency Launches Project to Test Feasibility of Additive Manufacturing in Europe's Defense Sector

European Defence Agency Launches Project to Test Feasibility of Additive Manufacturing in Europe's Defense Sector

We know that 3D printing is versatile and and extremely useful to many industries, including branches of the military. Marines are learning how to utilize the technology in order to solve problems on-site, the Pentagon is testing out attack mini-drones, and the US Army took part in an assessment earlier this year that included evaluating […]

We know that 3D printing is versatile and and extremely useful to many industries, including branches of the military. Marines are learning how to utilize the technology in order to solve problems on-site, the Pentagon is testing out attack mini-drones, and the US...
Providing Opportunities for Marines to Use 3D Printing

Providing Opportunities for Marines to Use 3D Printing

The Marines are never ones to shy away from new opportunities in hands-on problem solving. They have a strong history of making, including The Seabees, a famed construction battalion responsible for creating hundreds of miles of roadway and airstrips in combat theaters since WWII. So it comes as no surprise that the military branch would be […]

The Marines are never ones to shy away from new opportunities in hands-on problem solving. They have a strong history of making, including The Seabees, a famed construction battalion responsible for creating hundreds of miles of roadway and airstrips in combat...
DON COOL Hub Allows Navy & Marines to Up Their Skill Sets with 3D Printing

DON COOL Hub Allows Navy & Marines to Up Their Skill Sets with 3D Printing

With the wide range of 3D printing innovations being introduced on a continual basis, it’s possible—but doubtful—you could have missed out on all that’s being put to use by the Navy today. From the advent of on-demand 3D printing to sailors creating highly functional 3D printed components for use at sea, it’s clear that the Navy is […]

With the wide range of 3D printing innovations being introduced on a continual basis, it’s possible—but doubtful—you could have missed out on all that’s being put to use by the Navy today. From the advent of on-demand 3D printing to sailors creating highly...
Marine Corps Developing 3D Printed Munitions for Greater Precision

Marine Corps Developing 3D Printed Munitions for Greater Precision

In yet another example of 3D printing’s versatility, the Marines were able to print and then detonate an indirect fire munition as part of their exploration of the technology’s capacity for contributing to the manufacture of their weaponry. The hope is that the ability of 3D printing to quickly create customized products will translate to the […]

In yet another example of 3D printing’s versatility, the Marines were able to print and then detonate an indirect fire munition as part of their exploration of the technology’s capacity for contributing to the manufacture of their weaponry. The hope is...
US Army Scientists Showcase Multi-Material 3D Printing and Other Technological Advancements

US Army Scientists Showcase Multi-Material 3D Printing and Other Technological Advancements

When it comes to advancing the state of our 3D printing technology, one of the primary sectors that prompt this innovation is the military sector, particularly that of the United States. Equipped with a hefty budget and some of the country’s brightest engineers, the US Army has managed to utilize additive manufacturing to enhance their […]

When it comes to advancing the state of our 3D printing technology, one of the primary sectors that prompt this innovation is the military sector, particularly that of the United States. Equipped with a hefty budget and some of the country’s brightest engineers, the...
Donald Trump Also Thinks 3D Printing is Important

Donald Trump Also Thinks 3D Printing is Important

This week, something happened that may very well have been a historic moment: President Obama and Donald Trump agreed on something. In fairness, they may have agreed on other things in the past. In fact, they have; both have expressed the opinion at one time or another that the war in Iraq was a bad […]

This week, something happened that may very well have been a historic moment: President Obama and Donald Trump agreed on something. In fairness, they may have agreed on other things in the past. In fact, they have; both have expressed the opinion at one time or...
Experimental Fab Labs Set up on USS Harry Truman & USS Kearsarge Allow for Self-Sustainability at Sea

Experimental Fab Labs Set up on USS Harry Truman & USS Kearsarge Allow for Self-Sustainability at Sea

Military organizations around the world are definitely on board with 3D printing today, and most especially in the US. Recognizing its myriad uses and benefits as highly attractive for a number of different military scenarios, from the concept of printable wearables to custom drones, we’ve reported on countless ways they plan to integrate 3D printing into […]

Military organizations around the world are definitely on board with 3D printing today, and most especially in the US. Recognizing its myriad uses and benefits as highly attractive for a number of different military scenarios, from the concept of printable wearables...
3D Printed and Unmanned Royal Navy Ships Not Far Off, Says Report

3D Printed and Unmanned Royal Navy Ships Not Far Off, Says Report

My mother once told me that when she was growing up they used to say that in 1980 everyone would be traveling in flying cars. But that didn’t pan out, did it? Because of the rapid changes in technology and the ability to track and monitor industrial data, we are now better suited to make calculated predictions about where […]

My mother once told me that when she was growing up they used to say that in 1980 everyone would be traveling in flying cars. But that didn’t pan out, did it? Because of the rapid changes in technology and the ability to track and monitor industrial data, we are...
Alenia Successfully Tests Partially 3D Printed Winglets for C-27J Spartan Aircraft

Alenia Successfully Tests Partially 3D Printed Winglets for C-27J Spartan Aircraft

When it comes to military uses for 3D printing, the last two years have been somewhat of a breakthrough window for the technology. In the US, virtually every branch of the military is using 3D printing to some extent, and it doesn’t end there. Just last month we’ve learned that both the British and Israeli militaries […]

When it comes to military uses for 3D printing, the last two years have been somewhat of a breakthrough window for the technology. In the US, virtually every branch of the military is using 3D printing to some extent, and it doesn’t end there. Just last month...
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