The US Marine Corps last year banned use of synthetic materials, such as polyester and nylon, for combat soldiers. In some cases, those materials fused to soldiers’ skin when exposed to heat. A new blend made half of wool and half of aramid fiber is being developed for soldiers’ underwear in a cooperative program between the American Wool Council and the Natick Soldier Center (NSC) operated by the US Army.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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