Using FDM 3D Printing to Make Body Armor Stronger, More Comfortable, and Stab-Resistant

As police officers participate in a multitude of daily, patrol, and even criminally-related duties, like narcotics investigations, they often deal with the threat of sharp force injury; to put it more…

McLaren Uses 3D Printing and Materials Found in F1 Race Cars to Create Bespoke Medical Breastplate

Technology company McLaren Technology Group is made up of three divisions: McLaren Racing, McLaren Automotive and McLaren Applied Technologies. 3D printing is a major technology used by the company; a partnership…

Making Stronger Protective Gear: Researchers Replicate Biological Structure of Lobster Claws Using Electric-Assisted 3D Printing Process

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last month found that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which results from repeated blows to the head, was found in 99% of the…

Conch’s Strength Inspires MIT Researchers to 3D Print Stronger Protective Gear

As a kid growing up in Florida, I was always thrilled to find a conch shell intact, washed up on the shore. My grandmother had an enormous collection of them on her sunny…

US Army is Using 3D Printing to Develop Body Armor Inspired by Fish Scales

A collaboration between American and Israeli researchers has produced a prototype of a new type of body armor inspired by the flexibility of fish scales and other naturally occurring imbricated…

3D Printed Fish Scales Inspire Human Armor Development

Probably one of the first things that we learn about animals and insects is how adaptive they are to their environments. The animal that taught me this lesson well was…

3D Printing to be Used to Bring Iron Man to US Military

There is a long history of innovation that has benefited civilian life, driven by military research and development. This time, the military is taking a cue from something that was…


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