military 3d printing

US Army Files Patent for New 3D Printable Concrete Composition

US Army Files Patent for New 3D Printable Concrete Composition

The United States military has been systematically adopting 3D printing in multiple areas and agencies over the years, as the flexible technology is useful for multiple applications, ranging from battlefield operations and surveillance to lowering the logistical footprint of convoys and just making daily life a little easier. Last summer, the US Army released a […]

The United States military has been systematically adopting 3D printing in multiple areas and agencies over the years, as the flexible technology is useful for multiple applications, ranging from battlefield operations and surveillance to lowering the logistical...
US Marines Using LulzBot 3D Printers to Successfully Continue Their Mission

US Marines Using LulzBot 3D Printers to Successfully Continue Their Mission

3D printing in the military isn’t just about fabricating weapons like grenades, missiles, and warheads. The US Marine Corps has embraced the technology with enthusiasm, using it to research and complete a wide variety of projects. These days, logistics in particular is a fairly complicated defense sector, and investing in 3D printing has allowed the […]

3D printing in the military isn’t just about fabricating weapons like grenades, missiles, and warheads. The US Marine Corps has embraced the technology with enthusiasm, using it to research and complete a wide variety of projects. These days, logistics in...
3D Printing News Briefs: June 12, 2018

3D Printing News Briefs: June 12, 2018

Get ready, we have a lot of news to share with you in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, running the gamut from metal powder 3D printing and new software to education and a game response to the terrifying possibility of nuclear war. The winners of the 3D Pioneers Challenge have been announced, and Huisman is […]

Get ready, we have a lot of news to share with you in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, running the gamut from metal powder 3D printing and new software to education and a game response to the terrifying possibility of nuclear war. The winners of the 3D Pioneers...
Air Force Saves Millions of Dollars with a Few 3D Printed Parts

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 as small as a radio clip can save tens of thousands of dollars – or more. At the Yokota Air Base in Japan, Air Force service […]

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 as small as a radio clip can save tens of thousands of dollars – or more. At the...
Pacific Pathways: Army Ventures Further into 3D Printing During Experimental Exercises

Pacific Pathways: Army Ventures Further into 3D Printing During Experimental Exercises

3D printing and the military go way back—but as this technology has entered the mainstream and grown in popularity exponentially, it is becoming much more common for personnel to enjoy designated labs where they can innovate, prototype, and make replacement parts on demand. Like so many other industries and businesses around the globe, numerous divisions […]

3D printing and the military go way back—but as this technology has entered the mainstream and grown in popularity exponentially, it is becoming much more common for personnel to enjoy designated labs where they can innovate, prototype, and make replacement parts on...
Building Momentum Trains Marines in 3D Printing

Building Momentum Trains Marines in 3D Printing

Building Momentum is a veteran-owned technology development and consulting company based in Alexandria, Virginia. Founder and CEO Brad Halsey formed the company after he found himself utilizing 3D printing while deployed in Iraq and was inspired to share his knowledge and experience with others. Founded in 2015, Building Momentum offers consulting on science, engineering and […]

Building Momentum is a veteran-owned technology development and consulting company based in Alexandria, Virginia. Founder and CEO Brad Halsey formed the company after he found himself utilizing 3D printing while deployed in Iraq and was inspired to share his knowledge...
3D Systems Announces New Partnership to Qualify Metal 3D Printing for Naval Warships

3D Systems Announces New Partnership to Qualify Metal 3D Printing for Naval Warships

The US Navy has been on board with 3D printing for quite some time now, using the technology to create all sorts of innovations, such as the tiny TruClip, drones, a huge submarine hull, explosives, and even missile components. Metal 3D printing research in the Navy is ongoing, and NAVAIR believes that it will have approved […]

The US Navy has been on board with 3D printing for quite some time now, using the technology to create all sorts of innovations, such as the tiny TruClip, drones, a huge submarine hull, explosives, and even missile components. Metal 3D printing research in the Navy is...
$9 Million Awarded to Four-Year GE Global Research Program for 3D Printing New and Replacement Naval Parts

$9 Million Awarded to Four-Year GE Global Research Program for 3D Printing New and Replacement Naval Parts

Increasingly, no matter if the need is automotive or defense, service centers and repair shops are adopting the capability to 3D print replacement parts on-demand. This is especially helpful in replacing legacy manufacturing processes to fabricate parts that are too old to be in stock anymore. This week, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), which […]

Increasingly, no matter if the need is automotive or defense, service centers and repair shops are adopting the capability to 3D print replacement parts on-demand. This is especially helpful in replacing legacy manufacturing processes to fabricate parts that are too...
Marines Use 3D Printing to Repair Snowshoes

Marines Use 3D Printing to Repair Snowshoes

Snowshoes are a very old type of winter footwear, developed by indigenous people centuries ago. The design is brilliant – a webbed lacing, or, in the case of some modern snowshoes, synthetic fabric, stretched over a frame to distribute the wearer’s weight over a larger area and allow them to walk on top of the […]

Snowshoes are a very old type of winter footwear, developed by indigenous people centuries ago. The design is brilliant – a webbed lacing, or, in the case of some modern snowshoes, synthetic fabric, stretched over a frame to distribute the wearer’s weight...
Marines Embrace 3D Printing for Production of Replacement Parts

Marines Embrace 3D Printing for Production of Replacement Parts

Whatever your opinion about the military and its operations, it would be difficult to argue that they are not interested in advances in technology. The US Navy recently worked with ORNL to develop the first 3D printed submarine hull, the Israeli military prints drones for its operations, and the US Army has even investigated the […]

Whatever your opinion about the military and its operations, it would be difficult to argue that they are not interested in advances in technology. The US Navy recently worked with ORNL to develop the first 3D printed submarine hull, the Israeli military prints drones...
3D Printing News Briefs: April 17, 2018

3D Printing News Briefs: April 17, 2018

For today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re covering some business news, followed up with material news and stories of 3D printing applications in the medical, aerospace, and defense fields. Norman Noble has added 3D printing capabilities to its workflow for the first time, while Evonik is opening a research hub in Singapore and the Dubai […]

For today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re covering some business news, followed up with material news and stories of 3D printing applications in the medical, aerospace, and defense fields. Norman Noble has added 3D printing capabilities to its workflow...
Military Investigates Invertebrates as Model for 3D Printed Active Materials for Robots

Military Investigates Invertebrates as Model for 3D Printed Active Materials for Robots

The octopus is an amazing creature. While most invertebrates are known for their ability to writhe helplessly on a sidewalk after a rainstorm, go squish when accidentally stepped on, or otherwise fail to act in a professional manner, the octopus is a gung-ho, go-getter of an animal, as any of the millions of people who […]

The octopus is an amazing creature. While most invertebrates are known for their ability to writhe helplessly on a sidewalk after a rainstorm, go squish when accidentally stepped on, or otherwise fail to act in a professional manner, the octopus is a gung-ho,...
US Army Demonstrates Latest 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, Drone Technologies

US Army Demonstrates Latest 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, Drone Technologies

There are many military applications for 3D printing, from manufacturing grenade launchers and body armor to building drones and customizing military meals. Last year, the US Army released a report detailing its continued commitment to 3D printing, and this week had the chance to demonstrate some of the technologies currently being used during its Maneuver Support, Sustainment, […]

There are many military applications for 3D printing, from manufacturing grenade launchers and body armor to building drones and customizing military meals. Last year, the US Army released a report detailing its continued commitment to 3D printing, and this week had...
NAVAIR Believes Nearly 1,000 3D Printed Parts Will Be Approved for Fleet Use by Year’s End

NAVAIR Believes Nearly 1,000 3D Printed Parts Will Be Approved for Fleet Use by Year’s End

The Maryland-based Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) recognizes the many benefits that 3D printing can offer our nation’s fighting forces, and has been working to educate its workforce on the technology, most recently with 3D printing courses by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). Three years ago, the organization, which provides the US Navy with life-cycle […]

The Maryland-based Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) recognizes the many benefits that 3D printing can offer our nation’s fighting forces, and has been working to educate its workforce on the technology, most recently with 3D printing courses by the Naval Air...
Testing Conducted on Orbital ATK’s Partially 3D Printed Hypersonic Weapon Warhead

Testing Conducted on Orbital ATK’s Partially 3D Printed Hypersonic Weapon Warhead

The debate over the ethics of 3D printed weaponry just got kicked into high gear with the testing of a partially 3D printed warhead for hypersonic weapons, which is a weapon that can travel faster than Mach 5, a speed five times faster than that of sound. The testing of the 50lb warhead took place […]

The debate over the ethics of 3D printed weaponry just got kicked into high gear with the testing of a partially 3D printed warhead for hypersonic weapons, which is a weapon that can travel faster than Mach 5, a speed five times faster than that of sound. The testing...
3D Printing Material News: BigRep Releases Flexible Filament, Army Researchers Using Recycled Plastic as 3D Printing Feedstock

3D Printing Material News: BigRep Releases Flexible Filament, Army Researchers Using Recycled Plastic as 3D Printing Feedstock

In order to 3D print high-quality parts, you need high-quality materials with which to make them. Berlin-based technology startup BigRep develops and manufactures some of the largest 3D printers in the world, but has been focused lately on the materials side of things. The company recently announced a materials partnership with BASF, and this week released the […]

In order to 3D print high-quality parts, you need high-quality materials with which to make them. Berlin-based technology startup BigRep develops and manufactures some of the largest 3D printers in the world, but has been focused lately on the materials side of...
Air Force and HRL Laboratories Study 3D Printed Ceramics for Hypersonic Flight

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 into ceramic additive manufacturing, with a specific purpose in mind – hypersonic flight vehicles. The Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate has entered into a Cooperative […]

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 into ceramic additive manufacturing, with a specific purpose in mind –...
AFRL Researchers Successfully 3D Print High-Temperature, Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composite Parts

AFRL Researchers Successfully 3D Print High-Temperature, Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composite Parts

Together with researchers from the University of Louisville and NASA’s Glenn Research Center, the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are looking into high-temperature polymer 3D printing for aerospace applications. Located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) near Dayton, Ohio, AFRL researchers are bringing the heat to the kitchen, and have […]

Together with researchers from the University of Louisville and NASA’s Glenn Research Center, the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are looking into high-temperature polymer 3D printing for aerospace...
Partnership Between US Navy and University of Virginia Leads to Impactful Metal 3D Printing Research

Partnership Between US Navy and University of Virginia Leads to Impactful Metal 3D Printing Research

The US Navy has found many uses for the application of 3D printing technology, from making replacement parts and drones at sea to 3D printing a manual primary globe valve. This last was completed by engineers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) in Virginia, which is a big proponent of additive manufacturing, having hosted a […]

The US Navy has found many uses for the application of 3D printing technology, from making replacement parts and drones at sea to 3D printing a manual primary globe valve. This last was completed by engineers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division...
SSC Atlantic Uses 3D Printing for a Little Bit of Everything

SSC Atlantic Uses 3D Printing for a Little Bit of Everything

3D printing has become a strong presence within the US military, particularly in the Navy, where 3D printers are being used aboard ships. The Navy has 3D printed everything from tiny clips to entire submarine hulls, and at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic, they’re using the technology every day to create needed […]

3D printing has become a strong presence within the US military, particularly in the Navy, where 3D printers are being used aboard ships. The Navy has 3D printed everything from tiny clips to entire submarine hulls, and at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC)...
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,...
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...
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