Defense Innovation Unit: US military set on 3D-printing more buildings, bridges

Defense Innovation Unit: US military set on 3D-printing more buildings, bridges

The U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is requesting recommendations to propel its goal of autonomously building a variety of military structures by means of 3D printing. Responses are due by May 7.

The solicitation seeks for proposition for a construction-scale added manufacturing (3D printing) system that can assemble military enclosure, houses, different buildings and “mobility and counter-mobility tools” like bridges, culverts and anti-vehicle obstacles.

Set-up and bring down times for a proposed system must not surpass one hour each, the posting says, and it must almost certainly work in a wide range of natural conditions. Task of the system — including transport and deployment — should require no more than four trained individuals.

The DIU’s central goal is to speed up the utilization of commercial innovation inside the military. In November, for example, the DIU put out a requesting for inexpensive drones — costing under $6,000 for a total system — that could be utilized for short-extend observation flights and that would take close to two minutes for one individual to assemble.

While the utilization of 3D printing to fabricate entire structures in a significant part of the regular citizen commercial construction industry has been constrained to one-off claim to fame extends, the military has discovered useful applications. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Automated Construction of Expeditionary Structures (ACES) program is partially funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and has allowed the U.S. Marine Corps to build functional structures in the field.

In January, the first Marine Logistics Group at Camp Pendleton in California utilized an ACES printer to fabricate a solid footbridge amid a field work out, the first run through in the Western Hemisphere that such a structure was printed nearby rather than in a controlled-factory environment. Preceding that, the Marines assembled a 500-square-foot barracks building at their research center in just 40 hours.

The Army Corps of Engineers detailed that 3D printing can decrease field development time from five days to one day for each structure. The Corps also said that using 3D printing as a building method can decrease the number of construction personnel needed from eight to three.

In the commercial sector, companies have swung to 3D-printed aluminum components to own interesting structure expressions. In March, computerized producing organization 3Diligent Corp. announced it had been contacted to provide 3D-printed aluminum curtain wall components for Rainier Square Tower in Seattle. The 140 custom, V-shaped pieces are being used to give the building its signature slope from the fourth to the 40th floor.