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The application of 3D printing in the field of military equipment

2023-12-07 17:17

Due to limitations in technology and cost, 3D printing technology is difficult to replace large-scale assembly line production. However, it does not require molds and can achieve direct conversion from design to parts, completing fast and free manufacturing. It will be widely used in the design of weapons and equipment, manufacturing of complex and expensive components, and maintenance support. It is the key to the innovation of manufacturing technology in the future military equipment field.

3D printing technology simplifies the manufacturing process of high-performance metal components, greatly shortening the development and manufacturing cycle of military aircraft. In the 1980s and 1990s, it took at least 10-20 years to develop a new generation of fighter jets, and with the help of 3D printing technology, it only took at least 3 years to complete.

3D printing technology can be used to optimize the structure of complex components, thereby reducing weight and increasing service life. The landing gear manufactured using 3D technology on American F16 fighter jets has an average lifespan 2.5 times that of the original; According to expert estimates, the titanium alloy forgings of F-22 can reduce weight by 40% if manufactured using Chinese 3D printing technology

Based on the above characteristics and trends, from the perspective of industry development, there is enormous potential for development in the entire 3D printing industry chain. In terms of long-term demand growth in the future, manufacturers of upstream printing materials and personal 3D printing equipment are relatively optimistic. As for the former, on the basis of the continuous promotion of universal technical standards, the development of specialized material supply enterprises is the trend. From personal consumption to industrial manufacturing, regardless of which field brings rapid growth, the demand for consumables is essential.