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How government companies apply 3D printing?


3D printing can increase the deployability of the defence equipment and has several advantages. 3D printed objects are generally lighter in weight. 3D printing reduces the logistical footprint, the equipment of soldiers can be personalized and operational deployment is increased by being able to print parts on location. 3D printing can also be used to improve the quality of the original article or to design and manufacture a completely new part.

​Benefits 3D printing for defence:

  • Lightweight
  • Full functional products
  • Rapid Manufacturing
  • Smart tooling
  • Customization
  • Stock reduction

We see clear examples in the defence sector. There, 3D printing increases the usability of the equipment. Soldiers also benefit greatly from it. For example, when wearing a 3D printed exoskeleton.


The railways are also finding their way into 3D printing. It is not without reason that parties such as NS and Deutsche Bahn use this technology. From housings, boxes and buttons to metal models (brakes).

Rail technology and 3D printing go well together! Thanks to the good properties of materials such as plastic and metal, this technique is very suitable. Unique parts, spare parts, but also smaller series can be produced. Just in time and with optimal geometry. Due to these advantages it’s no surprise that NS and Deutsche Bahn use this technique. From housings, trays and buttons to metal models (brakes). 3D printing and maintenance of trains goes hand in hand.

Advantages railtech and 3D printing:

  • Fast delivery
  • ‘Just in time’
  • Smaller series possible or ‘one-offs’
  • Optimal stock
  • Optimal design in terms of material and functionality