3D Systems Furthers its Ties with the U.S. Military

By CIOReview | Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FREMONT, CA: 3D systems, in the last couple of months seem to further its ties with the U.S. military, making the U.S. government one of the major clients for 3D Systems.

The 3D Systems and the Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) arrives at an agreement regarding the use of the 3D printing technology to be used for the military purposes. This agreement signed through cooperative R&D agreement between the two parties will evaluate the 3D printing technology and the materials that can be used for military purposes.

From 3D printed body armor to warheads and food have been in the news for quite some time, however, using 3D printers on naval ships has been a recent phenomenon with the first 3D printer installed on a naval ship, the USS Essex, last year. 3D printing’s self-sustaining power and its ability to develop tools even in places where products are not easily accessible make it advantageous for military use.

“The US Navy is at the forefront of a concerted military effort to integrate 3D printing into their operations,” says Neal Orringer, Vice President of Alliances and Partnerships, 3D Systems. Through its ‘Print-the-Fleet’ project the Navy educates the sailors on digital manufacturing and accelerating adoption of 3D printing. Orringer believes that their direct metal printing and advanced polymer materials will play a decisive role in the future for the Navy.

Besides this, the 3D Systems has also been awarded two different research contracts worth $1 million by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop advanced aerospace and defense 3D printing manufacturing capabilities within the US Air Force.