Rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing for defense.

We partner with the defense industry for their 3D printing needs – from functional prototyping to manufacturing at scale.

Applied Rapid Technologies have worked extensively for the defense industry, offering the latest durable materials for defense prototypes and short production run requirements. Customers can perform full testing in rigorous defense environments. With complex designs that are often commonplace in the defense sector, additive manufacturing/ 3D Printing, rapid prototyping offers the most efficient solution to the industry's needs.

In the classified world of the defense industry, product confidentiality, manufacturing independence and rapid product iteration are crucial. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of Obsidian Solutions Group, the defense contracting firm. Our award-winning expertise and technologies provide limitless possibilities for innovation – enabling our customers to reduce time to market for advanced solutions in the air, land, sea, space and cyber.

Case Studies

  • Aerospace

    GENERAL DYNAMICS

    Challenge

    Working with three-dimentional CAD models from General Dynamics, ART was tasked with creating 1:25 scale-models or NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST). Our engineers almost immediately encounted a serious complication: when shrunk to scale, certain components - including wafer-thin solar panels became too small and fragile for fabrication.

    ART Solution

    Improving the orignal CAD model prior to fabrication enabled ART to create easily-assembled sections for the final desktop models. We consolidated parts and assemblines into 26 components - enlarging and thickenng specific details to ensure stability and visibility. Our expert technicians and craftsmen completed 25 scale models.


    Results

    The models were such a resounding success that a second order for 25 units was placed shortly thereafter.

  • Electronics

Aerospace

GENERAL DYNAMICS

Challenge

Working with three-dimentional CAD models from General Dynamics, ART was tasked with creating 1:25 scale-models or NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST). Our engineers almost immediately encounted a serious complication: when shrunk to scale, certain components - including wafer-thin solar panels became too small and fragile for fabrication.

ART Solution

Improving the orignal CAD model prior to fabrication enabled ART to create easily-assembled sections for the final desktop models. We consolidated parts and assemblines into 26 components - enlarging and thickenng specific details to ensure stability and visibility. Our expert technicians and craftsmen completed 25 scale models.


Results

The models were such a resounding success that a second order for 25 units was placed shortly thereafter.

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