Defense Case Studies

3D printing has your back when you need it most

When pressure to maximize resources combines with a mission to provide security in extreme conditions, innovation is more than a competitive edge; it’s a life saver.

Military manufacturers rely on 3D printing to produce highly customized defense equipment with little lead time. See how Sheppard Air Force Base saves money and time with 3D printed training equipment, and how a 3D printed camera mount proved tough enough to use on tanks.

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Industry

Technology

EOIR Technology

Functional models built with ABS plastic from the Dimension 3D Printer proved so tough that EOIR manufactured the final mounts on the 3D printer itself. 

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Defense

FDM

RLM Industries

RLM began the project by modifying the CAD model provided by the customer. These revisions were completed in one day and at the end of the day engineers set up their Stratasys machine to produce an FDM prototype. 

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Defense

FDM

Sheppard Air Force Base

“Because most of our projects are either one-of-a-kind or very low volume, conventional methods become very expensive,” says Mitchell Weatherly, Chief of the TDF. “Only about 10 percent of our work is for prototyping, and 90 percent is production.” 

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Defense

FDM

Tiberius Arms

With his new uPrint, Dennis and his team are now able to make different versions of their guns, all out of cost-effective ABS plastic.They are able to quickly verify form, fit and function and today, everything Tiberius Arms produces is first prototyped with the uPrint. 

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Defense

FDM

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