The United States Army has been using state-of-the-art equipment such as Rapid Prototyping 3D Printers in forward areas in Afghanistan since 2012. These machines can produce plastic parts that may not even exist in the current inventory. Similar devices, known as a Computer Numerical Control Machining system, can quickly produce parts and components from steel and aluminum. There are plans for the use of 3D printing to create drones on the battlefield specifically created for whatever need may arise in that particular area. This particular technology for printing drones could take as little as 24 hours to create. The uses for these drones could include search missions, as well as supply carrier missions. There are also reports that army researchers are working going further than drone printing with the plan to print small unmanned aircraft as well.
For now the future of 3D printing on the battlefield can be seen with the use of a printer known as the Multifab. It was designed by researchers at MIT’s computer science and artificial intelligence lab. The Mutlifab can print up to ten materials at one time including electronics, circuits, and sensors. The hope is that this technology can be used on the battlefield incorporating spare parts to create a finished product. The potential for this is to create finished products on the battlefield without having to manufacture sensitive parts separately. The potential for this technology is boundless. Imagine what strategies could be won once this printing is in full implementation by the army.
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