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3D Systems lands $15m contract to develop new metal 3D printer for US Army

July 11, 2019 / Sam Davies

3D Systems has secured a $15 million contract to develop a metal 3D printer that can produce large parts quickly and precisely by the Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory. The ARL is hopeful the resulting printer will have a big impact on the supply chains associated with long-range munitions, combat vehicles, helicopters, and air and missile defence capabilities. 3D Systems will work with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences to develop the machine to the ARL’s specifications. Additive manufacturing has been leveraged by the U.S. Armed Forces for two decades, producing custom tools and refurbishing worn parts, but the aim is to implement this metal printing platform for the manufacture of long-lasting, durable parts. The build area of the printer is set to be around 1000 x 1000 x 600 mm, while it will be able to print parts with a wall thickness of 100µm and layer thickness of 30µm.