Russia has announced the debut of the Armata Tank which comprises of several components produced using additive manufacturing.
Electromashina, part of the Uralvagonzavod Corporation has been undertaking the development of solid objects made from polymer materials for quite some time. In summer 2015, the company introduced an industrial 3D printer for creating low-volume parts and prototypes.
The researchers said that the industrial 3D printer allows the procurement of the required item almost instantly. It also allows designers to bypass the problems associated with classical manufacturing methods.
“So, the 3D-printer allows the drawing of fabricated prototype parts. There is no need to sharpen an item in order to obtain a sample, just to realize that it does not fit and requires a re-run in the production. There is no need to waste metal. One can produce not just a detail, but the complete assembly and check the assembly of all of the mechanical characteristics,” said Anton Ulrich, Head of the Laboratory of Rapid Prototyping ‘Electromashina’ technologies.
The experts predict that the prototype parts for the Armata tank can be used like a ‘master’ model to manufacture other parts of plastic and metal. The technology is just one step away from creating 3D printed titanium parts several meters in length.
Experts at RSC Energy, Russia, have taken the technology one step further by developing a micro-satellite. The satellite’s external brackets, housing and various components will be printed with an industrial 3D printer.
Russia is planning to time the launch ceremony of the Armata tank with the 60th anniversary of the launch of the first artificial satellite.
Excerpts from Sputnik News. Image courtesy of AP Photo/Alexander Zelianichenko