a 3D printer in the package of the American soldiers in operation, it is perhaps coming soon. From the month of February, 2017, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory will entrust 3D printers to soldiers. The goal is to enable them to print on demand the drone that will exactly match their business needs. If this experiment is deemed conclusive, 3D printers could well be deployed term in theatres of operation where U.S. forces are deployed.
A customized printed and assembled in 24hrs only drone
each year, the U.S. military conducts what military jargon called the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments (or AEWE). 50 technologies from government research part and other private enterprises, are entrusted to soldiers to see if they match actually to their operational needs. The 2017 edition will be the test of 3D printers to produce drones of recognition. If soldiers need a drone, they download the plan of the drone that corresponds best to the proposed mission, print it will finally mount the unit with “off the shelf” components such as engines, the battery, the control electronics. The military hopes that a tailor-made drone can be ready to use within 24 hours. 3D printing should provide greater flexibility to soldiers deployed away from the United States and must also simplify logistics hope Eric Spero, the engineer at the head of this project. The approach being that only standard components should be stored on the distant bases.
Source: “Army selects 3-D printed unmanned aircraft systems concept for future experiment”, release of the U. S. Army Research Laboratory, February 15, 2016