Drone Wars and 3D Printing

Charles R. Goulding & Harry Foxman consider potential use of 3D print technology for military drone manufacturing.

Military Use of 3D Printing

The July/August 2014 issue of Army Technology’s focus is 3D printing. We took a look through the issue to see what they’re up to. 

3D Systems Receives U.S. Air Force Rapid Innovation Fund Award

3D Systems Corporation announced that its Paramount advanced manufacturing team  has received a $2.95M award to transition specially engineered materials and the company’s Selective Laser Sintering technology to the production of various components in the F-35 and other weapons systems to improve affordability and sustainability. The two-year project will reduce cost within the manufacturing process… Continue reading 3D Systems Receives U.S. Air Force Rapid Innovation Fund Award

Battlefield 3D Printing

In Afghanistan the US Army has deployed the first of several USD$2.8M mobile prototyping labs. These container-sized labs house 3D printers and CNC machines capable of rapidly producing spare or replacement parts that would otherwise take months to order and be delivered using conventional approaches.    The Army has a special unit known as the… Continue reading Battlefield 3D Printing