3D Printing Services for Defense and Aerospace Industry
We live in an age of constant threats of war from enemies, both perceived as well as real. 3D printing used in defence and aerospace is experiencing far-reaching consequences in the art of warfare.
A majority of industry pundits (75%) believe that the use of 3D printing or additive manufacturing technology will become mainstream in the defence industry. Not surprisingly, India is investing heavily in 3D printing for military purposes such as 3D printed military vehicles etc.
There are also multiple applications of 3D printing in aerospace industry. In fact, 3D printing in defence aerospace can be considered one of the earliest testing grounds for additive manufacturing.
3D Printing in Defence Industry: Potential Advantages
- On-site production: Now, military bases can harness 3D printing technology to manufacture customized parts and spares of military equipment on-site and on-demand. No more waiting around in the battlefield for emergency reinforcements!
- Metal 3D printing makes it possible for complex military components to be produced in no time, and be used in the battlefield. Take the enemy by surprise!
- Spare parts for aging and defective equipment can pose a headache for military operations as the original OEMs and suppliers might have closed shop. 3D printing services for Indian defence aims to resolve this issue by making customizable replacement parts available on-site. 3D printed aerospace parts are becoming more and more commonplace.
- One of the most endearing aspects of rapid manufacturing is its low cost of operation. Rapid prototyping allows for faster turnarounds of any defence equipment that requires modifications, thus reducing expenses. Better supply chain management and diminished warehousing costs are equally important byproducts of opting for 3D printed parts in aerospace industry.
- Waste reduction is another appealing aspect of 3D print technology for defence. Expensive materials such as titanium can be efficiently managed and used in 3D printing, without much wastage.
- 3D printing technology in aerospace is making the production of highly accurate and detailed scale models using SLA and material jetting. These models can be used for the purpose of testing and communication of designs in the aerospace industry.
Metal 3D Printing in Defence & Aerospace Industry
DMLS 3D print technology is used for printing metal object for defence and military equipment. No matter what your need may be, from for a drone to electrical parts to be used in a submarine, metal 3D printing can make a huge difference in military strategies.
Rely on 3D Spectra Tech for highly precise industrial grade metal 3D printing. We use the following materials:
- Aluminum (Alsi-10mg)
- Stainless Steel 316L
- MS1 Steel
- Nickel Alloy In625
- Nickel Alloy In718
- Cobalt Chrome
Plastic 3D Printing in Defence & Aerospace Industry
3D printing in plastic materials can revolutionize the applications of prototyping military equipment, speed up research and development in defence, and solve the time lag issue on restocking of essential military supplies, including food, vehicle fuel, ammunition supply.
Using portable 3D printers, soldiers in battlefields can themselves be trained to print critical supplies without having to wait for reinforcements.
Printing in commercially available plastic filaments includes the following materials (listed here along with the 3D printing process used for each):
- Nylon PA2200 – SLS
- Glass Filled Nylon PA3200 – SLS
- HP Premium Nylon – MJF
- ABS – FDM
- HIPS – FDM
- PLA – FDM
- Accura 60 (clear) – SLA
- Accura 25 (white) – SLA
What the Future Holds
Additive manufacturing provides rapid prototyping solutions without the need for investments in tooling. This serves to expedite the production process manifold. Time is of the essence in the effective implementation of defence strategies.
3D printing is changing the landscape of world politics. And, India being a leading military power in the world, cannot afford to lag behind.