The latest advances in 3D printing may soon lead to the emergence of a new generation of body armor in the US Army. Their structure is borrowed from abalone shells - galliotis.
Thanks to the technology of three-dimensional printing, it will be possible to make body armor directly in combat units. According to The National Interest, researchers at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) are currently developing a technology for printing ceramic materials.
3D printing ceramics is more difficult than printing plastic or metal. The abalone shell consists of several layers, which gives them high strength. The same principle will be used to create 3D body armor - layer by layer.
If successful, the US Army will be able to print body armor in the field. The whole process of taking measurements and printing will take several hours.