Nobody will be taken by surprise if we talk about how the United States Army, whatever its status, that is, whether they are marines, navy, air forces ... is more than interested in exploring everything that new technologies can offer to the military area. One of the most innovative and that can offer more performance, without a doubt, is the use of both small drones and 3D printing. With this in mind in the Fort Benning Research Laboratory, located in Georgia, a team of engineers has been working on a very interesting project, at least when it reaches the civil market.
We talked about how a program has been developed through which a series of new models of small drones made entirely by 3D printing have seen the light, which means that now any unit of the United States Army will be able to begin to print your own drones on demand to perform specific missions. According Eric Spero, leader of the team responsible for the development of this project, a procedure has been developed to create small drones that soldiers need for their missions using three-dimensional printers.
The United States Army will be able to print its drones on demand in a period not exceeding 24 hours.
The project, contrary to what you can imagine, is much more complex than all this since we are talking about a database with hundreds of design plans for the manufacture of drones. In this way, soldiers, when faced with a specific mission where the support of a drone is required, will include all their needs in a specific form that, depending on the inputs to the system, will choose the optimal drone configuration and you will manufacture it using 3D printing within a period of no more than 24 hours.
According to his own John gerdes, one of the engineers who has been part of the project:
Additive manufacturing or 3D printing has become huge and everyone knows the great amount of things that can be done with three-dimensional printers, so we think that we are going to combine these two new technologies to provide a solution to soldiers who They need something right now and they don't want to wait.