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The Australian Army is utilizing metal 3D printing technology to make its supply chain more resilient and to reduce the time it takes to get replacement parts into the hands of Soldiers in the field. Read more about it here:
Check out this story on 3-D printed pliable concrete used to build homes and mentions applications for Defense Department and NASA. Beads of pliable concrete material are printed from an 11 foot tall printer weighing 3,800 lbs. https://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/3d-printed-homes-a-concept-turns-into-something-solid/2020/03/05/61c8b0d2-36e4-11ea-bf30-ad313e4ec754_story.html
An Airman from the 100th Maintenance Squadron, designed and 3D printed a pressurized leak detection cup for $15 and reduced the time needed to detect leaks in fuel tanks by 75%. Check out more details here: https://www.stripes.com/news/europe/airman-s-15-invention-could-save-the-air-force-millions-1.621344
Army Research Lab scientists have developed a cutting-edge filament capable of being used in off-the-shelf, low-cost 3D printers to produce mechanically strong, battlefield-ready parts. Read more about it at: https://www.army.mil/article/232723/army_scientists_develop_cutting_edge_durable_3d_printing_technology
Additive Manufacturing is not limited to the terrestrial environment. U.S. company Made In Space has already sent a "3D Printer" to the International Space Station. Another of its projects is Archinaut One where it plans to manufacture 10-meter solar arrays in orbit and attach them to a satellite bus in the 2022 timeframe. Read more about it at:
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