3D Systems Receives Over $1 Million for Defense & Aerospace 3D Printing Projects

3D Systems’ growing relationship with the US government has led to a big pay off. Through the US’s national 3D printing institute, America Makes (NAMII), the 3D printing industry leader has been awarded two research contracts to develop advanced 3D printing capabilities for aerospace and defense applications. 

The contracts, funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), total over $1 million in funding.

Currently, industrial 3D printing, particularly in metals, requires great care and trial and error to ensure accuracy, functionality and repeatability in 3D printed components.  Because aerospace and defense manufacturers have the highest standards for manufacturing processes, the 3D printing industry as a whole has been working hard to improve the quality control and monitoring systems of industrial 3D printers.  As a part of this movement, 3D Systems will be enhancing its existing Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Direct Metal 3D Printing (DMP) portfolio to meet the stringent standards of defense and aerospace.  Working with the US’s largest defense contractors, such as Honeywell, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin, the company will be producing a precision closed-loop advanced manufacturing and monitoring platform.

3DS’ contracts include a partnership with University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Manufacturing (UDCCM), Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) and Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMCO) and are geared towards enhancing print monitoring, via predictive technologies, in the company’s SLS machines.  By dynamically monitoring parts at each print layer, 3DS hopes to ensure accuracy and repeatability in the production of aerospace parts.  3DS’ second contract is with the Applied Research Laboratory of Pennsylvania State University, Honeywell International, and Northrop Grumman Corporation.  The contract is meant to bring the company’s metal printing systems up to aerospace standards with the manufacturing of fully dense, chemically pure components. … (read more)

Source: 3DprintingIndustry.com