Picatinny Arsenal has revealed a litany of potential electronic applications for additive material and 3D printing. Most of the projects listed would have a direct impact in the military field, and anything cutting down the weight and price of battle equipment would be welcome throughout the ranks. With specific additives, Picatinny looks to provide radio frequency to helmets, clothing even weaponry for signals and communication. Of course, electronic equipment is not limited to ground forces, and Picatinny Arsenal foresees 3D printing in Unarmed Arial Vehicles or UAV’s. While radio frequency and electronic components in arsenals and vehicles is not new, it is what 3D printing allows that has Picatinny Arsenal giddy.
Picatinny’s research delves into the process and applications for electronic 3D printing. With a heating source, materials like gypsum, metal powders, plastic filaments and others can be melded and added layer by layer as those familiar with 3D printing are aware. The printers can produce ink that can conduct electric current (like silver) and print onto film surfaces creating conductors, semi-conductors and resisters. With similar methods, research suggests we can print electronics such as munitions antennas, fuse elements, and batteries.
Picatinny material engineer, James Zunino, expounds on the technology and research when it comes to the amount of waste saved with 3D printing. … (Read more)