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3D Printing Goes to Space: NASA’s Orion Capsule

The Orion capsule will feature more than 100 3D printed parts

NASA’s jump into deep-space is not only a significant step in the space race, but it also has implications for other industries. The 3D printing industry is one that will be watching the events of the coming weeks and months with special interest. The Orion capsule, which NASA is launching in 2019, will feature more than 100 3D printed parts.


Moon and Beyond

NASA’s Orion capsule is set to depart in 2019 when it will first take off for the moon. However, it is not the capsule’s final destination, with NASA hoping to push its capsule into deep space – areas where no capsule has gone before. It is a completely uncrewed mission, given the length of time and the potential risks involved. The flight is earmarked as Exploration Mission-1, or EM-1, by NASA.

The plan is to have a successful launch and exploration for EM-1, which could be a precursor to another launch [...]

The Benefits of Industrial 3D Printing for Aerospace Components

Innovative, ergonomic and cost-effective ways into the global market

3D printing has been finding innovative, ergonomic and cost-effective ways into the global market for about three decades now. Industrially, it has proven to be extremely effective in meeting customer requirements, rapid mass manufacturing, and unmatchable production costs. Moreover, it is environment-friendly in the sense that it minimizes the machinery waste produced by reusing the raw products.

One of the ways in which this ergonomic process has made its mark is in the aerospace industry; in the building and remaking of machinery that is designed for aviation.


Contemporary Applicability of 3D-Printed Aerospace Machinery

In July 2016, Alcoa Technology, the world’s largest light metal research center, expanded its facility and adopted a 3D printing technique to develop the company. The very same year, a group of Idaho students designed and handcrafted the state’s first 3D printed satellite called MakerSat-0 which made its space debut through NASA in the year that followed.

Following in the footsteps [...]

3D Printing and the United States Airforce

Everything from weapons parts to bombs to military gear could contain 3D printed components

The United States Air Force never stops working on strategy to make Americans safer. And a lot of the time, these strategies involve new technologies, or developing new methods of using existing tech. One of the resources that will prove very useful to the Air Force in the coming years is 3D printing. While most people think of 3D printing being used in commercial manufacturing or the healthcare industries, it also has a big impact on the military and Air Force. Everything from weapons parts to bombs to military gear could contain 3D printed components in the future.

Advanced Ordnance Technologies Program

There is a program in the United States Air Force referred to as Advanced Ordnance Technologies. The goal of the program is to ensure that future bombs are lighter, smaller and leaner – while still packing a devastating punch. Why? Because the lighter and smaller a bomb, the easier it is to deploy [...]

How 3D Printing Will Affect Our Military in 2018

3D printing is presenting the military with plenty of opportunities

It may be a little insane for people to imagine, but the next time a bomb is dropped somewhere in the world by the United States military, it could consist of parts that were printed out using a 3D printer. The goal for the United States armed forces is to use every bit of innovation they can get their hands on – and 3D printing is presenting them with plenty of such opportunities. The reason why the military makes such a firm commitment towards 3D printing is because they are aware of its tremendous usefulness and upside.

The military is using 3D printing to come up with lighter and easier to manufacture versions of grenades, grenade launchers, plane parts and bomb accessories. The military is a firm believer in the fact that using 3D printing technology will allow them to improve the performance of their weapons systems in the battlefield. Another reason why 3D printing [...]

3D Printing and Aerospace Technology: Going the Distance

The impact of 3D printing on the aerospace industry
3D Printing and Aerospace Technology: Going the Distance

The impact of 3D printing on the aerospace industry is hard to overstate. While the average consumer may not be very interested in buying a 3D printer for their home, major manufacturers and industries are taking a different route. These companies see 3D printing as a way to reduce the cost of production, improve existing technologies, and make new advancements. There is a real belief that an improvement and evolution in 3D printing technology will have a massive impact on the future of the aerospace industry.

3D printing is now responsible for the manufacturing of complex engine parts, cabin interior parts, and much more. The aerospace industry can use 3D printing to create parts that perform better, cost less and require less time to put together, and [...]

Emerging Technologies: 3D Applications in the United States Military

Military 3D Printing and End-Use Production
3D technology is being used around the world in nearly every industry you can imagine.

From the aerospace industry including unmanned aerial systems, the automotive industry, to the medical field including end-use devices, construction, and much more.

The United States Military is no different.

The US armed forces are currently utilizing current 3D technology to expand existing systems, parts, and end-use materials, all while testing emerging technologies in order to push boundaries and to take 3D printing capabilities to a whole new level.

3D Printing and End-Use Production

When 3D printing technologies first came into use, the technology was universally known as additive manufacturing. The base technology is to take digital files, and turn them into physical objects.

This concept has led the technology into unforeseen spaces throughout virtually every market and industry.

It was recently demonstrated [...]

3D Printing and the Race for Air Domination

3D Printing and the Aviation Industry

When most people hear about 3D printing, we think of smaller items that you can use around the house. But the concept of 3D printing is not limited to knick-knacks or products that you can use around the house. There are very real commercial and military uses for 3D printing – and the aviation industry is a great place to look for those answers. It is incredible how aero engineers are using 3D printing as a means for obtaining better product design and quicker manufacturing for military aircraft and accessories.

3D Printing and the Aviation Industry

It was in 2016 when we saw the first aircraft that was made using 3D printing. At the time, we did not realize the connection between 3D printing and military aircraft, but it was obvious. Airbus introduced us to an aircraft that was made exclusively with 3D printing. The entire structure weighed 21kg and was about four meters in [...]

China, the second largest economy on earth, and the United states, the first, are in a virtual arms race. A 3D printing arms race.

When it comes to military applications, 3D printing is an untapped wellspring of potential. Yes, the military uses 3D printing openly and for a great many applications. However, even in light of the grenade launcher, R.A.M.B.O., 3D printing technology has barely left the starting gate when it comes to the application possibilities.

In fact, militaries all over the world have been attempting to harness the power of 3D printing technology. Using it across the fold, developing prototypes, pushing the limits of printing technology, and even using printing product in vehicles, aircraft, weapons, and more.

When it comes to what 3D printing can create, the possibilities are virtually endless. And every military on earth knows this. This is why the two largest economies on the planet are currently going head-to-head in an [...]

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