United States National Defense recently published in the journal article said that military 3D printing technology will dramatically reduce the military supply chain, reducing logistics costs, and even lead to revolutionary changes in the military logistics system. The current US military is conducting an extensive study of 3D printing technology in logistics for military use. However, large-scale use of military 3D printing technology has also faced a number of challenges, such as print quality and intellectual property issues of components, 3D printer protection against network attacks, as well as personnel training, which affects and restricts military use of 3D printing technology. The article, American weapons using 3D printing technology is still a long way.
United States companies believe that 3D printing may cause the United States Department of Defense to reduce inventory and storage space, thereby reducing the cost. As technology advances, some military leaders want to warehouse and has deployed troops equipped with ABS Plastic Finder 3D Printers in order to facilitate implementation of the maintenance, strengthening combat readiness, and save money. United States Navy of this technology is particularly helpful, in order to develop standards for construction, certification and delivery of parts, in about two years ago, had set up a “print fleet” projects. Looking to the future, officials imagine printing out bigger and more complex objects, such as aircraft wings, even mini-UAV. According to the United States Navy press release, United States Navy, the Deputy Minister for operations for fleet readiness and logistics feilipu·kuluomu said that “soon there will be no physical supply chains”. But officials also worried that opponents may use Web tools print with unwittingly caused the military aircraft parts or other system failure. United States Navy is studying how to better protect d printer from direct and indirect attacks.
If these systems are connected to the United States Navy’s information network, or sailors take out infected flash drive and insert it into a 3D printer, then they could be vulnerable to attack. United States military says, “these are our areas of concern, are the questions we are addressing now. ”