U.S. Army Research Lab selects 3D Systems to build world’s largest metal 3D printer

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3D Systems has been awarded a $15 million contract by the Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory, also known as ARL, to create the world’s largest, fastest, metal 3D printer, the company said in a statement.

3D Systems and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) were awarded funding to create the printer, and will partner with ARL and the Advanced Manufacturing, Materials, and Processes (AMMP) Program.

Once developed, the Army will leverage its manufacturing experience by placing the new large-scale systems in its depots and labs. Subsequently, 3D Systems and its partners plan to make the new 3D printer technology available to aerospace and defense suppliers, says the company.