Category Archives: military

Sub $400 3D prints electric sensing temporary tattoos for soldiers

Scientists at the University of Minnesota (UMN) have 3D printed an electronic circuit on to the back of a human hand for the first time. Though temporary, like lick n stick tattoos, this technology presents great potential for helping to heal wounds, gather advanced intelligence on the battlefield, and promote response in remote locations. “It would […]

Marine Wing Support Squadron investigates power of 3D printing

The United States Marine Corps is calling for 3D printer training to help its troops respond to military crises. After introducing an FFF 3D printer to Marine Wing Support Squadron 372 (MWSS-372), Operations Officer Captain Marc Blair has outlined a vision for 21st century innovation in the marines, that will help the land squadron support unit […]

FAA to launch eight-year additive manufacturing road map

Filed for review in late September, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has developed a draft Additive Manufacturing Strategic Roadmap, advising businesses of adequate practice surrounding the different technologies in the industry. The roadmap features key regulation information covering emerging considerations around part and process certification, machine and part maintenance, research and development and the demand […]

GE completes testing of 3D printed Black Hawk Turboshaft engine

Emerging from six months in the U.S. Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), GE Aviation’s T901 Turboshaft engine has successfully completed prototype testing. The engine has been made using a range of additively manufactured parts, and is now ready to enter the next phase of development. Ron Hutter, executive director of the T901 program, comments, “We’re thrilled […]

NIIST 3D prints wearable electronic textiles for remote response

A multidisciplinary research group led by Kuzhichalil Peethambharan Surendran at the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), India, has released findings from a project making flexible electronics for use in remote locations. Combining additive manufacturing with screen printing, Dr. Surendran’s team is able to add antennas to polyester, opening up new potential for wireless […]

U.S Army explores 3D printing on the frontline

The U.S Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) has revealed its use of 3D printing to create crucial functional parts. At ARDEC, engineers are researching the possibility of deploying a 3D printing laboratory onto the frontline to fabricate essential parts. The Rapid Fabrication (R-FAB) system would enable soldiers to manufacture spare parts or […]

Oak Ridge release details of the U.S. military’s first 3D-printed submarine

In a partnership with the Navy’s Disruptive Technology Lab, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has made the military’s first 3D printed submarine hull.  At 30 feet long, the hull is the Navy’s largest 3D printed asset. It has been made to demonstrate the ability to meet on demand vehicle production as a response to special operations missions. […]