3D Printing Saves Money at Hill Air Force Base in Utah

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An F-16 wing attachment, molded from plastic in a 3-D printer, was used as a prototype before being machined in metal. The 309th Maintenance Support Group at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is using Rapid Prototyping, also known as 3-D printing, to create prototype parts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bill Orndorff)

We had the pleasure of working with Hill Air Force Base in Utah to implement a Rapid Prototyping or 3D printing solution using Stratasys’ Fortus 900.  Since implementing the machine, they have seen some enormous money and time cost savings without compromising quality.

The printer at Hill AFB is used for a variety of applications from form and fit testing of new designs, tooling, and fixtures to training aids and end use parts.  They have received lots of positive feedback from their customers because they are able to adapt and quickly make changes to meet their specifications.  

The Fortus 900 is the largest FDM printer offered by Stratasys and is about the size of a mini-van.  Material options include a variety of thermoplastic materials with capabilities ranging from high heat tolerances and impact resistance to chemical resistance.

For more details on the success at Hill Air Force Base, check out an article they recently published here.