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Russia, China, Europe, the US and the Rest: 3D Printing a Fractious World

If we consider geopolitics as a game of individuals, we might perceive the following: One madman contemplates his own mortality and as he withers in the mirror, he wishes to…

AMS Speaker Spotlight: Pushing the Bounds of Passive Radio Frequency with 3D Printing

Dr. Michael Shepard is Vice President of Aerospace & Defense at 3D Systems. He will be participating in Additive Manufacturing Strategies 2022, Panel 1: AM, Light-weighting and Aerospace. The demand…

3D Printing Drone Swarms, Part 9: Standing Post

As we discuss in our ongoing 3D Printing Drone Swarms series, additive manufacturing (AM) will play an increasing role in the production of all manner of semi-sentient robots. This has…

3D Printing Drone Swarms, Part 8: Armed Ground Vehicles

As we discuss in our ongoing 3D Printing Drone Swarms series, additive manufacturing (AM) will play an increasing role in the production of all manner of semi-sentient robots. This has…

US Army Robotically Delivers 3D Printed Tank Part in Project Convergence

This was followed up by a document released in June, titled “Use of Additive Manufacturing in the DoD.” The first policy listed in the June document states that “[The DoD…

US Military’s 3D Printing Cybersecurity to Be Improved with Stratasys ProtectAM Platform

As discussed in our recent 3DPrint.com PRO article, 3D printing is seeing increasing use in military applications, which is the obviously the largest sector for government spending in the U.S….

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How Additive Manufacturing is Quietly Revolutionizing the Defense Industry

During the inaugural AM Investment Strategies summit, which was held virtually this September, I was fortunate enough to speak on a panel of industry leaders about trends in additive manufacturing…

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Design for Disruption: Design for Maintenance in Space

We’ve learned that it may be interesting to think of 3D printing in terms of design for maintenance. By optimizing maintenance, lengthening maintenance intervals, and making maintenance faster or more…

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Saab Test Flies 3D Printed Replacement Part for Gripen Fighter Jet

While 3D printed spares are seeing increasing use in rail transport, it is now seeing deployment in an even more high-performance application: the repair of fighter jets. Swedish military firm…

GE Developing 3D Printed Device to Convert Air into Water for US Military

A team led by GE Research has been given a multi-million dollar contract to develop 3D printed atmospheric water collectors for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Atmospheric Water Extraction…

EVOK3D Supplies HP 3D Printers to Australian Military Agency

Australia’s EVOK3D has announced that it will be supplying three HP Jet Fusion 3D printing systems to Defence Science and Technology (DST), the country’s lead agency charged with using knowledge…

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…

Metal X 3D Printer Begins Operations at U.S. Military Base

Markforged can happily claim to be a pioneer on a number of fronts in the additive manufacturing (AM) industry: 3D printing reinforcement fibers, low-cost metal 3D printing, unique quality control…

US Army Takes RFAB 3D Printing Facility to South Korea

The US military has been using 3D printing for quite a while in all of its branches, and now in South Korea the Army is field testing 3D printed concepts…

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…

Consulting Firm Uses 3D Printer to Make Explosives for US Navy

Naseem Jibrin, Benjamin and Brandon Ennis, and Michael Winn are trying to work out how to create explosives using a commercially available HP 3D printer. But don’t call the FBI,…

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…

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…

Garageeks Creates 3D Printed Nuclear Button

The nuclear button is, once again, having its day in the limelight as news networks and social media react to the bizarre statements made by the Donald regarding the size…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…