3D Systems, U.S. Army launch 3D printing lab

3D Systems has partnered with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to jointly develop 3D printing technology.

3D Systems (3DS; Rock Hill, SC) has partnered with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to jointly develop 3D printing technology and materials for automotive, medical, wearable, aerospace, and other commercial and defense applications at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground (Aberdeen, MD).

As part of this agreement, 3DS personnel will serve as guest researchers onsite at Aberdeen Proving Ground to collaborate with the Army's material scientists. Together, the researchers will tap ARL's expansive high-tech materials characterization toolset, as well as bring together scores of leading polymer and metals scientists from the government and industry. 3DS will also work with the Army on hybridized manufacturing applications using 3D printing to allow for logistics innovations such as in-field manufacturing and efficient depot-level repair.

Additionally, under the lab's new Open Campus initiative, various companies, universities, and government agencies can apply to access the ARL's newly acquired inventory of 3D printer technologies from 3DS, including stereolithography, direct metal printing, and MultiJet printing machines.

Development and qualification of new materials and printer technologies under this agreement will enable adoption of this technology within the Army, its industrial base, and that of other industries.

For more information, please visit www.3dsystems.com.

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