Defense

  • Stratasys has introduced ProtectAM, a new data security solution to enhance the cybersecurity of additive manufacturing as its role in U.S. government and DoD applications grows larger and more mission-critical. The new ProtectAM solution is the first in additive manufacturing to use Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the leading enterprise Linux…

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  • General Lattice is developing a predictive modeling toolset to design and generate lattice materials based on real-world data, which will improve impact absorption technology for the US Army next-gen combat helmet. The yearlong research and development project is currently underway at General Lattice’s facility in Chicago, Illinois. The capabilities of…

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  • ARRIS is partnering up with the US Army’s Michigan-based Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicle Systems Center (DEVCOM GVSC) to leverage its Additive Molding technology in a project focused on lightweight vehicles. In particular, the companies will look at vehicle seats, to demonstrate significant vehicle weight reductions through part consolidation,…

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  • The US Navy issued Stratasys a $20 million contract to purchase up to 25 Stratasys F900 3D printers over the next five years, with the delivery of the first eight expected before the end of 2021. In addition to the printers, the contract includes initial support and sustainment, materials, and…

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  • Thermwood was a key development partner in a Navy ManTech-funded program issued to Boeing Research and Technology to produce a large-scale composite AM cure tool. The ManTech program was managed by Advanced Technology International (ATI) for the Office of Naval Research (ORN) with funding provided from the Naval Air Systems…

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  • Construction 3D printing company ICON has unveiled its latest build, a 3,800-square-foot training barracks made in collaboration with the Texas Military Department (TMD). The building, which ICON reports as the largest 3D printed structure in North America, is designed to house 72 soldiers or airmen at TMD’s Camp Swift Training…

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  • The 28th Maintenance Group Additive Manufacturing Flight at the Ellsworth Air Force Base conducted its first restoration of an active flying aircraft in May and repaired an overwing faring slip joint using metal cold spray (kinetic consolidation) technology. The very first demonstration of on-aircraft structural repair using metal cold spray…

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  • The recent, detailed overview of the Army’s use of largely 3D printed engines in its upcoming Apache and other future VTOL military vehicles seemed to indicate that the Department of Defense in the US is now taking AM even more seriously than it has up to this point. In fact,…

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  • As US Army Production Engineer Mallory Smith James reported (with an excellent in-depth analysis of AM for defense production applications, published on the US Army’s official online portal), the US Army’s Aviation Turbine Engines Project Office (ATE PO) selected General Electric’s T901 turboshaft engine to replace the T700 family of…

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  • As an additive manufacturing industry media, we certainly have no interest in blowing fire on the ongoing hysteria around 3D printed guns. We don’t think 3D printed guns present a major threat and we consider them to be less dangerous and generally much harder to obtain than actual black market…

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