3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems announced that it has been awarded a $10.8 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for a large-scale metal 3D printer (Advanced Technology Demonstrator).
Work under the contract will be performed in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 29, 2025. The contract builds on 3D Systems’ long-standing collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense since 2019 to advance additive manufacturing.
“We’re pleased to have been awarded this contract and are confident that it will extend the state of the art in metal additive manufacturing within the United States,” said Dr. Jeffrey Graves, president & CEO, 3D Systems. “We look forward to working with the United States Air Force to meet the objectives of this project.”
3D Systems, a pioneer in 3D printing, has been bringing innovation to the manufacturing industry for over 35 years, offering a unique combination of hardware, software, materials and services to provide customized solutions for a variety of applications in healthcare and industrial markets, including medical and dental, aerospace, automotive and durable goods.
Through the granted contract, 3D Systems will be able to advance additive manufacturing technology and help develop innovative solutions in the field of hypersonic technology. This contract not only symbolizes an advancement in metal additive manufacturing, but also highlights the continued trust and cooperation between the private sector and the defense sector. It is expected that this cooperation will open new avenues in the development and application of 3D printing technologies.