military 3d printing

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,...
UConn Engineers Develop Ceramic and Metal 3D Printing Solution for US Navy to Manufacture Replacement Parts At Sea

UConn Engineers Develop Ceramic and Metal 3D Printing Solution for US Navy to Manufacture Replacement Parts At Sea

The US Navy is a big proponent of additive manufacturing technology, and its use of 3D printers on ships offers self-sustainability in remote areas, allowing sailors and officers to make and repair their own tools, parts, and components on board while out at sea, rather than having to go back in to port. It is disruptive and […]

The US Navy is a big proponent of additive manufacturing technology, and its use of 3D printers on ships offers self-sustainability in remote areas, allowing sailors and officers to make and repair their own tools, parts, and components on board while out at sea,...
US Army and Marines Apply 3D Printing to Drone and Flight Applications

US Army and Marines Apply 3D Printing to Drone and Flight Applications

3D printing has become prolific in the military, being used for various applications and across divisions. Now two of the US military’s branches are teaming up for the development of 3D printed drones. “Several years ago when we were collaborating with our academic partner, Georgia Tech, we had this project where we were focusing on […]

3D printing has become prolific in the military, being used for various applications and across divisions. Now two of the US military’s branches are teaming up for the development of 3D printed drones. “Several years ago when we were collaborating with our...
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...
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...
3D Printing News Briefs: October 3, 2017

3D Printing News Briefs: October 3, 2017

It’s the first 3D Printing News Briefs of the month, and today we’ll be starting off with a little 3D printing material news, followed by a 3D printed military project, 3D printed aircraft engine parts, and some business news to round out the day. i.materialise has introduced a new finish for its polyamide material, a […]

It’s the first 3D Printing News Briefs of the month, and today we’ll be starting off with a little 3D printing material news, followed by a 3D printed military project, 3D printed aircraft engine parts, and some business news to round out the day....
US Marine Designs 3D Printed Surveillance Drone at Fraction of Regular Cost

US Marine Designs 3D Printed Surveillance Drone at Fraction of Regular Cost

There are all sorts of applications for 3D printing in the military, from a submarine hull and a trauma simulator to missile components and surveillance drones. Recently, Rhet McNeal, a 26-year-old Corporal in the US Marine Corps (USMC), noticed some issues with the hand-launched fixed-wing drones, the RQ-11 Raven and RQ-12 Wasp III, that the Marines use. […]

There are all sorts of applications for 3D printing in the military, from a submarine hull and a trauma simulator to missile components and surveillance drones. Recently, Rhet McNeal, a 26-year-old Corporal in the US Marine Corps (USMC), noticed some issues with the...
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 Army Forges Ahead in Their Commitment to 3D Printing

US Army Forges Ahead in Their Commitment to 3D Printing

There are so many examples today that demonstrate the impact 3D printing is having all over the world, and in so many different areas of industry. But if you wonder what the true potential for the future of 3D printing technology is, just take stock of its biggest fans. While we report on many different […]

There are so many examples today that demonstrate the impact 3D printing is having all over the world, and in so many different areas of industry. But if you wonder what the true potential for the future of 3D printing technology is, just take stock of its biggest...
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...
3D Printing News Briefs: June 27, 2017

3D Printing News Briefs: June 27, 2017

In 3D Printing News Briefs today, we’ve got stories on 3D software, a new 3D printer, and a little business, while the technology also takes us to the sea, the roads, and outer space. The Altair Partner Alliance has added Additive Works’ Amphyon software to its platform and 3D Systems has released Geomagic Freeform 2017 […]

In 3D Printing News Briefs today, we’ve got stories on 3D software, a new 3D printer, and a little business, while the technology also takes us to the sea, the roads, and outer space. The Altair Partner Alliance has added Additive Works’ Amphyon software...
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...
University of Pittsburgh Receives Office of Naval Research Award to Develop Steel 3D Printing Materials

University of Pittsburgh Receives Office of Naval Research Award to Develop Steel 3D Printing Materials

Metal additive manufacturing may be growing, but the number of metals and alloys that can be 3D printed with is still fairly limited. One material that isn’t seen frequently in additive manufacturing is steel, and that’s a disadvantage, as steel and its alloys are tough, strong, and versatile materials well-suited to harsh environments such as, […]

Metal additive manufacturing may be growing, but the number of metals and alloys that can be 3D printed with is still fairly limited. One material that isn’t seen frequently in additive manufacturing is steel, and that’s a disadvantage, as steel and its...
New "Crackers" Will Drive 3D Printer Plastics R&D

New "Crackers" Will Drive 3D Printer Plastics R&D

According to Forbes.com, plastic is the most dominant 3D printing material, accounting for 73% of all 3D printing materials used. The good news for the 3D plastics sector is that the US is making unprecedented investments in massive ethylene cracker manufacturing plants that produce plastic. Since 2010, over $150bn has been invested in US chemical […]

According to Forbes.com, plastic is the most dominant 3D printing material, accounting for 73% of all 3D printing materials used. The good news for the 3D plastics sector is that the US is making unprecedented investments in massive ethylene cracker manufacturing...
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...
Air Force Institute of Technology Welcomes Metal 3D Printing with Acquisition of Concept Laser M2 Cusing Machine

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 than three decades. This month, however, AFIT decided to take a big step forward into metal additive manufacturing. The institute’s Graduate School of Engineering and […]

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 than three decades. This month, however, AFIT decided to take a big step...
3D Printing at the Pentagon: US Navy Hosts 3D Print-a-thon to Showcase Latest Innovations and Technology

3D Printing at the Pentagon: US Navy Hosts 3D Print-a-thon to Showcase Latest Innovations and Technology

3D printing has been making a major impact on military organizations all over the world, from land to sky and sea. The technology has definitely been playing a big part in the innovation of the US Navy. Back in 2014, the Navy installed a 3D printer on one of its ships, the USS Essex, for the first […]

3D printing has been making a major impact on military organizations all over the world, from land to sky and sea. The technology has definitely been playing a big part in the innovation of the US Navy. Back in 2014, the Navy installed a 3D printer on one of its...
US Army Successfully Tests 3D Printed Grenade Launcher with 3D Printed Grenades

US Army Successfully Tests 3D Printed Grenade Launcher with 3D Printed Grenades

A couple years ago, a program responsible for training workers on weapon removal, like land mines and grenades, utilized 3D printing kits as teaching aids. Around the same time, some clever kids developed a 3D printed stink grenade. But now, the US Army is introducing a 3D printed grenade launcher, complete with 3D printed grenades, that […]

A couple years ago, a program responsible for training workers on weapon removal, like land mines and grenades, utilized 3D printing kits as teaching aids. Around the same time, some clever kids developed a 3D printed stink grenade. But now, the US Army is introducing...
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...
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Acquires Concept Laser M2 Cusing Machine, Strengthens Focus on Metal Additive Manufacturing

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Acquires Concept Laser M2 Cusing Machine, Strengthens Focus on Metal Additive Manufacturing

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been in the business of advancing cutting-edge research and technology for over 90 years, focusing on research that produces both immediate and long-term applications in US defense. Some of the nation’s top engineers and scientists work at NRL, in order to boost the country’s […]

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been in the business of advancing cutting-edge research and technology for over 90 years, focusing on research that produces both immediate and long-term applications in US defense. Some...
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...
Marine Corps Captain 3D Prints Water Bottle Prototype, Designed to Reduce Logistical Footprint in Military Convoys

Marine Corps Captain 3D Prints Water Bottle Prototype, Designed to Reduce Logistical Footprint in Military Convoys

3D printing is often used in the military, to make objects like the small but useful TruClip, or munitions. We also see 3D printing utilized often in a classroom setting, to teach students of all ages about the technology so they’ll have a leg up when they are starting their careers later. The technology is also […]

3D printing is often used in the military, to make objects like the small but useful TruClip, or munitions. We also see 3D printing utilized often in a classroom setting, to teach students of all ages about the technology so they’ll have a leg up when they are...
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...
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