The UK government claims we must “harness the power of innovation.” Companies across the defence industry are collaborating with 3D Printing companies like ourselves to do just that. Additive manufacturing technologies are being utilised for advanced military projects from intricate prototyping of self-sensing armour, to on-demand production of mission-specific surveillance drones.
The ability to manufacture layer-by-layer has paved the way for new realms of design innovation, facilitating creation of increasingly advanced parts. With a rapid prototyping process available, development through iteration is faster than ever before.
The material-reductive nature of additive manufacturing is helping defence manufacturers produce both lighter parts and vehicles, increasing cost-effectiveness, and fuel and material efficiency.
With long-term growth in the defence sector projected, driven by critical advances in new technologies like 3D Printing, the future for collaboration looks promising indeed.