Exploring Additive Manufacturing impact in Defence capabilities

  • 12 September 2017 to 12 September 2017
  • 06:30 - 15:00

On behalf of the European Defence Agency (EDA), in the framework of the project “Additive manufacturing feasibility study and technology demonstration”, has the pleasure of inviting you to the EDA Exhibition “Exploring Additive Manufacturing impact in Defence capabilities”. The event will be held in Gijón (ES) on 12 September 2017.

Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies have been identified as one of the key enabling technologies to improve European industrial competitiveness given its ability of rapid, delocalised and flexible manufacturing. They are considered to empower the transition from mass production to mass customization in several leading sectors, including, among others, automotive, medical, aeronautics, energy and consumer goods. The defence sector, however, is not exploiting yet the full potential offered by AM technologies.

The aim of this exhibition is to raise awareness among the defence community and, specifically, to high level military staff, on the capabilities that additive manufacturing technologies can bring to the defence sector and its potential for different applications. Examples on how the technology could change the way operations, logistic support or maintenance are performed, will be explained and showcased. Moreover, attendees will have access to an exhibition during the event, where EDA AM facility to be deployed in the EAATTC (European Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Course), equipment, prototypes and real parts produced by additive manufacturing will be shown. Finally, the conclusions of this EDA project, including the equipment used and typical objects and materials produced during the deployment of the AM facility will be presented, allowing participants to discuss about possible follow on activities.

We look forward to your valuable attendance at the event. Download the AM invitation here (printable version).

Location & Accomodation 

The AM Exhibition will take place in the facilities of the “Laboral City of Culture”, Calle Luis Moya Blanco, 261, 33203 Gijón (Spain), and the technical visit will be organized in the Fundación Prodintec, Parque Científico Tecnológico de Gijón, zona INTRA, Avda. Jardín Botánico, 1345, 33203 Gijón (Spain)

Transport from “Laboral City of Culture”’ to the Fundación Prodintec, for the technical visit will be provided.

Travelling and accommodation costs will not be reimbursed.  All catering arrangements will be provided by the exhibition facility.

Further information about logistics is available here.


The programme of the exhibition is available here.


Please see below the registration form for the EDA Exhibition “Exploring Additive Manufacturing impact in Defence capabilities”. Please ensure that you register before 5 September 2017 COB. Due to the limitation in the fora, early registration is recommended.

Participation in this event will be free of charge. 


If you have any difficulties registering or wish to ask any questions please use the contact form.

You can also provide your vision on the EDA consultation to identify impact of 3D-printing technologies in defence, filling in the Survey on Additive Manufacturing Technologies

Further information on 3D-printing at EDA: