Category Archives: Air Force Research Laboratory

AFRL and U.S. universities create 3D printable epoxy/carbon fiber composites for aircraft parts

The U.S Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has collaborated with researchers from the University of Arkansas, the University of Miami, Louisiana Tech University and the University of Texas at El Paso to develop 3D printable epoxy/carbon fiber composites. Such materials are set to be used in the production of 3D printed structural parts on air and […]

AFRL awards $8.2 million to JASR System to develop chip-sized LiDAR

The U.S Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Ohio, has awarded $8.2 million in funding to California-based JASR Systems. The grant will be used to develop chip-sized optical phased arrays and LiDAR scanning systems. JASR Systems was founded in 2018 by Jinendra Ranka, Kyle Watson, and Brett Spivey, specialists in optical communications technologies. The company develops sensing technologies […]

America Makes awards ASU and PADT with $800,000 to advance 3D printing post-processes

America Makes, has awarded $800,000 in matching funds to Arizona State University (ASU) for a Directed Project Opportunity to advance post-processing methods for additive manufacturing. This project includes Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT) an Arizona-based engineering and 3D printing service provider, high-pressure technology specialist Quintus Technologies, and Phoenix Heat Treating, a provider of metal heat treatments. “Our […]

3D printing brings maintenance efficiency and improved healthcare to Travis Air Force Base

Travis Air Force Base (AFB) in Fairfield, California has recruited the help of 3D printing technologies. The Air Base has employed 3D scanners to reduce maintenance time. Moreover, 3D printers are in use at Travis AFB’s David Grant USAF Medical Center (DGMC), to make dental models and surgical guides. Col. Matthew Leard, vice commander, 60th Air Mobility Wing, said, […]

$2.6M funding awarded in America Makes’ 3D printing research projects

America Makes, an Ohio-based additive manufacturing accelerator, has announced the awardees of two Directed Project Opportunities: Acceleration of Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing (ALSAM) and Advancing Additive Manufacturing Post-Processing Techniques (AAPT). Additive manufacturing roadmap America Makes, founded by the U.S Department of Defense (DoD), is part of the Manufacturing USA network, along with thirteen more institutions and […]

America Makes’ Air Force 3D printing project soars to new heights

The Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The MAMLS project has brought advanced 3D printing capabilities to the air base. Image via Hill Air Force Base. Image via Hill Air Force Base.America Makes, the Ohio-based AM accelerator, has helped the U.S Air Force set up operations to 3D print low-cost replacement parts for legacy aircraft. Soon, these operations will bring 3D printing capabilities to another branch of the U.S military. Rob Gorham, America Makes’ Executive Director, said that the U.S Army and the Navy are “already […]

America Makes announces project call, $5.9 million funding available

the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) W.M. Keck Center, one of America Makes' 3D printing satellite center. Image courtesy of JR Hernandez/UTEPAmerica Makes, the U.S. additive manufacturing accelerator based in Youngstown, Ohio, has announced a new round of funding for projects. The round is focused on Advanced Tools for Rapid Qualification (ATRQ). The goal of the ATRQ is the development of cost and energy-efficient AM technologies with defense and commercial potential. Only America Makes’ applied R&D project members […]

F-35 stealth fighter gets boost from 3D printing

United States’ Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is planning the use of 3D printing to replace parts on the F-35, a stealth multirole fighter. The parts will be produced at the base’s 388th Maintenance Group. The 388th Maintenance Group commander, Col. Michael Miles said, “We’re always driving for speed, safety and quality.” In manufacturing replacement parts, 3D […]

U.S. Air Force advancing hypersonic flight vehicles with 3D printed ceramics

The U.S. Air Force is advancing the development of hypersonic flight vehicles with 3D printed ceramics. The research into applications for the 3D printed ceramic, silicon oxycarbide (SiOC), is conducted under a Collaborative Research and Development – Material Transfer Agreement (CRADA-MTA), between the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Aerospace Systems Directorate and HRL Laboratories, a research center […]

3D printing news Sliced Arcam, Optomec, TU Delft, Neri Oxman

Today in Sliced: Additive Industries, Arcam, SHINING 3D, TechMed 3D, Haydon Kerk, TU Delft, Tim van Broekhoven, the Danish Technological Institute, Untika, TU Delft, Carnegie Mellon University, Optomec, Ethereal Machines, Porimy, Innoviz, the Air Force Research Laboratory, REGEMAT 3D, Austrian Space Forum, Neri Oxman, Iris Van Herpen, Full-bodied 3D scanning As full-body 3D scanners featured several times at CES 2018, Artec […]