Above all else, the speed and on-demand nature of additive manufacturing (AM) makes it appealing to the military/defense sector, who need to get parts into the hands of warfighters as quickly as possible. Because the nature of the additive manufacturing process allows for de-localization, parts can be created more covertly. Plus, additive manufacturing minimizes the need to store spare parts for large pieces of equipment, as accurate and detailed parts can be developed more or less on demand. End-to-end workflow digitization enables traceability, which is paramount to ensuring the quality and safety of parts in this sector.
Ultimately, connecting and streamlining the digital thread from the design stage through to post-printing enables an efficient experience that ensures high part quality, lower lead times, and heightened repeatability/consistency for military applications.