In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing, I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.
Let’s have a shotgun start for today’s Roundup. Firearms manufacturer, Remington, has acquired TAPCO, manufacturer of firearms accessories and replacement parts. TAPCO has been in business for more than 25 years, so why has Remington just purchased the company? The answer is 3D printing. Continue reading
Nearly every major industry has taken an interest in additive manufacturing (AM) for a number of different reasons. Some workshops like AM for its flexibility, some like the technology because it wastes far less material than traditional manufacturing processes, and others have taken an interest mainly for prototyping uses. National defense is an industry all its own, and has likewise noticed the potential of 3D printing.
Rapid Ready has covered a number of different ways AM is used by the military and by defense contractors that provide supply and support. That is just the tip of the iceberg. Today we’ll look at a few examples of how the U.S. military is deploying AM.
Technological advancement moves along at a dizzying pace. A large number of factors combine to determine which technology develops fastest, but one of the biggest drivers of innovation in the United Statesis the military. Any technology that has a military application is likely to find funding for research and development.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is definitely an emerging technology that has the military’s attention. It has multiple potential uses for aviation alone, and the Defense Department is a major investor in President Obama’s plan for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Now, the U.S. Army has made an investment in AM to act in a support capacity for troops on the ground.