3D Systems awarded $10.8 M US Air Force contract for large-format metal AM machine demonstrator

September 27, 2023

September 27, 2023

3D Systems, Rock Hill, South Carolina, has been awarded a $10.8 million US Air Force two-year contract for a large-format metal Additive Manufacturing advanced technology demonstrator.

The contract will support the development of large-scale hypersonic-relevant AM capabilities. Work will be performed in Rock Hill and San Diego, California, with an anticipated completion date of September 29, 2025. This contract builds upon 3D Systems’ history of working in support of the US Department of Defense, and government at large, since 2019 for the advancement of Additive Manufacturing technologies.

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“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.”


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