3D Systems has announced its partnership with U.S Army Research Laboratory (ARL), America’s premier research center for land forces. This partnership is to jointly develop 3D printing technology and materials for automotive, medical, wearable, aerospace and other commercial and defense applications at the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground at Maryland.
As per the deal, 3D Systems’ staff will serve as a guest researchers, combining with the ARL’s material scientists on-site at the proving ground, which serves as place to test military weapons, technology and tactics for the US army. The main target of the agreement is to develop hybridized 3D printing manufacturing applications, like as in-field manufacturing, and depot-level maintenance and repair, both of which are aims to reduce the Army’s total logistics burden.
“Additive manufacturing is redefining what is possible. Novel materials research will enable areas like 3D printed electronics and multi-functional structures. The development of hybridized manufacturing technologies will allow in-field manufacturing, efficient depot-level repair and a reduction of the Army’s overall logistics burden,” said Larry (LJ) Holmes, the Army Research Laboratory’s Principal Investigator in this effort. “Equipping our soldiers with the most cutting edge technology requires innovations throughout our supply chain. We are pleased to embark on this cooperative R&D agreement, which will undoubtedly unlock new scientific discoveries and industrial innovation.”
Under the lab’s new Open Campus initiative, many companies, universities and government agencies can use the ARL’s newly acquires inventory of 3D printer technologies from 3DS provided they apply and get access for it. The 3D printing technologies from 3DS consists of a host of the new state-of-the-art Stereolithography, Direct Metal Printing and MultiJet Printing machines.
“The United States Army is both a leader and innovator in adopting 3D printing technology,” said Neal Orringer, 3DS’ Vice President of Alliances and Partnerships. “Through its Open Campus initiative, the ARL is not only advancing high-tech collaboration, but also—more importantly— breaking new ground in fielding new materials and systems that support American soldiers, and we are proud to be the Army’s partner.”