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Norwegian Researchers Compare 3D Printing Results: Factory Setting vs. Onsite Military Container

Norwegian Researchers Compare 3D Printing Results: Factory Setting vs. Onsite Military Container

Written by David

December 4, 2018

3D printing in a comfortable and familiar setting can be challenging enough, depending on the project. But what about fabricating objects in remote locations—while sometimes under duress? Norwegian researchers related to the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) explored this question, publishing results recently in ‘ Characterization of in-field additively manufactured polymer composites – hot and dusty environment .’ The paper, authored by Tom Thorvaldsen, Torbjørn Olsen, and Bernt Brønmo Johnsen, explores the use of 3D printing in differing environments, whether more controlled or at a non-conventional site. Contractors involved in the comparative research include Fundación Prodintec (Spain) and MBDA (France), with the main goal aimed at demonstrating how the military can 3D print spare parts and objects while in the field. Prodintec produced eight specimens for this project: four were produced at company facilities last May, while the other four were printed in the field during a military training […]

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