8 of the printers will be delivered before the end of 2021, with the rest to be fulfilled over the next 5 years. Apart from the printers, the deal will also include comprehensive support, material spools, and the training of personnel to operate the systems.
“The benefits of AM for military organizations like the U.S. Navy include cost-effectively extending the life of strategic and tactical assets like aircraft while ensuring sustainment activities can happen quickly and from virtually anywhere,” said Mark Menninger, Director of Stratasys’ U.S. Government Business division.
The deal comes after a report issued earlier this year by the The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) where it outlined a shift to a digital manufacturing system with additive manufacturing to modernize their military defense capabilities.
The machines will be installed on bases across the U.S. and Japan where it will be used in the production of tools, training aids, end-use pats, and help move the Navy to a distributed manufacturing setup in maintaining their fleet of aircraft.