The European Defence Agency (EDA) has launched a project covering additive manufacturing (AM) and defense.

The project’s objective is to assess the areas where AM can have a positive impact on defense capabilities and to demonstrate its feasibility.

The first activity carried out under this initiative will be a desktop study to place AM and its potential in a defense context. This work will summarise the ability of relevant AM technologies, identify existing R&T and manufacturing capabilities in Europe, and determine areas where further R&T activities should be carried out.

The second work strand is a technology demonstration of AM. To this end, a 3D printer will be deployed as part of the EDA Sponsored Airlift Exercise, to be held in Zaragoza, Spain.

At the end of the project, the results will be presented at an exhibition for military staff, along with equipment and demonstrators, in order to raise awareness on the possible impact of AM in defense.

This story is reprinted from material from the EDA, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.