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America Makes Project Call: 3D Printed Optical Components to Support US Air Force

Ohio-based America Makes, a top collaborative partner in the US for 3D printing technology discovery, innovation, and research, just announced its latest Project Call – Additive for eXtreme Improvement in…

On-Demand Surgical Retractor 3D Printed by the U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Department of Defense is using even more of its mind-boggling budget on additive manufacturing (AM) for virtual inventory and on-demand spare parts. This time, the world’s most dangerous…

US Air Force Base in Utah Creating 3D Printed Replacement Parts for F-35 Fighter Jets

The US military has not shied away from implementing modern manufacturing methods such as 3D printing, but has actually embraced the technology. In fact, the US Air Force has used…

Air Force Uses 3D Printing to Save Thousands of Dollars…On Cups

It’s remarkable that something so small as a cup handle could be responsible for saving thousands of dollars, but cases like these are seen all the time – often in…

Air Force Saves Millions of Dollars with a Few 3D Printed Parts

It’s amazing how much money can be saved just by using 3D printing to modify items in small ways, and this is evident especially frequently in the military, where something…

Air Force and HRL Laboratories Study 3D Printed Ceramics for Hypersonic Flight

The Air Force has been researching additive manufacturing for military purposes for quite some time, with resources for both plastic and metal 3D printing. Now the Air Force is looking…

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,…

Air Force Institute of Technology Welcomes Metal 3D Printing with Acquisition of Concept Laser M2 Cusing Machine

The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is no newcomer to 3D printing; the school has been using the technology to build polymer prototypes for more…

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…

Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Continue to Explore the Benefits and Challenges of Additive Manufacturing

I am an incredibly proud resident of Dayton, Ohio, born and raised in the Gem City. Not only did the Wright Brothers live and develop the first powered, heavier-than-air aircraft…

Reaction Systems Wins Two-Year, $750K SBIR Contract Extension Thanks to Additive Manufacturing Expertise from ADAPT Consortium and Faustson Tool

The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT), a research and development consortium based out of Colorado that’s dedicated to developing advanced additive manufacturing technologies, gives a leg…

Brazilian Air Force Uses Stratasys 3D Printers to Manufacture Aircraft Components

The Instituto de Estudos Avançados (IEAv), the Brazilian Air Force’s Institute of Advanced Studies, has partnered with 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys to efficiently create robust aircraft components that are on par…

Israeli Air Force Keeps Their Old Planes Active With 3D Printing Technology

Although 3D printing is a relatively new technology within the military-industrial complex, it has impacted Israel’s aerospace developments in a great number of ways. Last year, the Israeli military had 3D printed their…

The Surprising Ways That 3D Printing May Completely Transform the US Military

The various branches of the United States military have never been especially shy about their interest in 3D printing technology. Considering how versatile and useful 3D printing has proven to…

Sigma Labs Joins Aerojet Rocketdyne in Quality Control For Air Force 3D Printed Parts

When major news about 3D printing develops, it often surrounds one company or agency. NASA is building a 3D printed rocket engine. Organovo has created 3D printed kidney tissue. What’s not often…

US Air Force Taps Aerojet Rocketdyne to Set 3D Printed Rocket Engine Standards

Sacramento, California-based rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne just received a $6 million contract from the US Air Force to define 3D printed rocket engine component standards. These new…

US Air Force Developing Strategy Increased Role for 3D printing in Aircraft Design & Maintenance

Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma is the home of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center (OC-ALC), the center of the Air Force Materiel Command’s (AFMC) aircraft, engine, missile, software…

3D Systems Partners with Penn State to Research Direct Metal Printing for DARPA

3D printing industry leader 3D Systems announced that they have formed a partnership with  the Pennsylvania State University to research and further develop direct metal printing technology. The research will…

U.S. Air Force Investigates 3D Printed Flexible Hybrid Electronics

At the 2015 meeting of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Benjamin Lever introduced research that is being conducted at the Air Force Research Lab at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in…

3D Systems Plays Part in Major US Air Force Project to 3D Print Metal Aircraft Components

While 3D Systems‘ (NYSE:DDD) stock may be down considerably from its highs seen in early 2014, that doesn’t mean that the company isn’t continuing to push forward with a variety of major…

National Research Council Releases Study on the Potential of 3D Printing in Space

A new report released this week by the National Research Council says that 3D printing might enhance U.S. missions to outer space in the future, but not significantly at this time….