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3D Printing Keeps Navy Ships Up and Running for Minimal Cost

3D printing has become a bigger part of life in the United States Navy, and indeed in all branches of the military, as servicepeople come up with ingenious ways to use…

3D Printing Valued by the Navy for Underway Replenishment

Underway replenishment, also known as replenishment at sea (RAS) is a method of transferring supplies from one ship to another while a naval mission is underway. In a paper entitled…

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,…

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,…

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…

Desktop Metal Discusses Shipping the First Studio System 3D Printers to Google and Other Early Customers

In April, Desktop Metal unveiled its greatly anticipated 3D printing systems, the Desktop Metal Studio System and the Desktop Metal Production System. The young Boston-area company garnered a great deal…

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,…

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…

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…

Made In Space’s Additive Manufacturing Facility Celebrates First Anniversary Among the Stars

How time flies. It’s hard to believe, but it’s been an entire year since Made In Space launched its Additive Manufacturing Facility to the International Space Station. Yet while it seems as…

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…

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…

3D Printing and Advanced Manufacturing On the Rise in India

Just a few weeks ago, we heard about a partnership between the UAE’s Etihad Airways, Siemens AG, and Strata Manufacturing PJSC, to develop the first 3D printed aircraft parts in Asia,…

A Closer Look at the Many Uses for Additive Manufacturing & Augmented Reality in America’s Military Forces

3D printing and additive manufacturing are reshaping the military in America, and in other countries as well. Marines in California took a short class in 2016 about how to best…

Naval Team Creates Functional 3D Printed Part for Use in Fleet

It’s pretty exciting to start off a Monday morning with an email from the Navy explaining that they have 3D printed one of the first functional parts to be used…

NAVAIR Successfully Tests First Flight-Critical 3D Printed Aircraft Component

Since the 1990s, additive manufacturing has been a part of naval aviation, but it’s only recently that the technology has moved past strictly prototyping purposes. The US Naval Air Systems…

US Navy’s Humble 3D Printed TruClip Design Sent to the International Space Station During Maker Faire

A few weeks ago, we were interested to learn that the US Navy had designed a tiny 3D printed part that, while appearing insignificant, has already saved the Navy over…

On-Demand 3D Printing to Impact Navy Fleets in the Near Future

3D printing technology has various militaries across the world eagerly standing at attention, many of which are researching and aiding in future technological developments. The United States Navy has been…

US Navy’s Trident II D5 Missile Successfully Launches with 3D Printed Component from Lockheed Martin

NASA and the US military used 3D printed components to successfully test advanced prototype airplanes, spacecraft and even ground vehicles. For many parts with complex or unique geometries, metal 3D…

Release the CRACUNS! 3D Printed Drone Can Lurk Underwater for Months Before Launching Into the Air

Drones are becoming more and more flexible and capable of things that were unheard of just a few years ago. We’re seeing 3D printing drones and firefighting drones. Futurists have predicted the…

Inovati Kinetic Metallization Process to Help Navy Restore Worn Parts

The United States Navy is a massive military organization that requires a tremendous amount of money and personnel to keep operating at peak efficiency. Currently it is the largest naval…

The 3D Printed Arms Race Just Got Real with This Working Handheld Railgun

Electromagnetic projectile launchers called railguns are what many in the military are hoping will be the weapon of the future. A railgun doesn’t use traditional projectile propellants like gunpowder or…

Veteran Uses a 3D Printer to Create a Replica of the Bullet that Paralyzed Him

There really aren’t any rules to what type of therapy to give to someone after a traumatic event. There are certainly physical needs that will have to be met, and…

US Navy is 3D Printing Custom Drones Onboard the USS Essex

Back in April of last year, we reported that the United States Navy had installed a 3D printer onboard the USS Essex. This was quite a significant move at the…