Grassroots Effort by 3D4Israel: Over 300 Volunteers Contribute to IDF by 3D Printing Essential Adapters


A grassroots organization in Israel is 3D printing items for the IDF.

3D4Israel is a busy operation at the moment. The organization operates an informal network of volunteers in Israel that together are able to quickly 3D print large quantities of parts on desktop 3D printing equipment.

Their main application at the moment is a power adapter. It turns out that the IDF’s standard military electrical outlet found on most vehicles is not compatible with standard smartphone connections. This means that soldiers are not able to charge while in the field, and they have been asking for a solution.

That’s been addressed with a design created by 3D4Israel, which provides a more standard electrical connection. You can see how it works in this short video:

As per our informer, the network that is, 3D4Israel, now boasts of more than 300 volunteers who are operating 3D printers throughout Israel. Production commences once build orders are received by them. It’s not dissimilar to an enormous print farm of over 300 units, except for being decentralized.

In the presented video, one can notice that the connector calls for a certain assembly, which requires a wire to be connected. This operation is carried out separately at a production site, where volunteers put together the installation quickly.

About 18,000 connectors have already been made from this virtual production system, which have been provided to the requestors in IDF as per requirement.

As per 3D4Israel:

“It is safe to say that it would be impossible to provide these connectors using conventional manufacturing, with the overhead of the procurement procedures. This is a classical case where AM is the only working solution for the challenge, possibly the best example of AM quick response usage I’ve seen. This small device is a real game changer for the soldiers that use it.”

The connector was a success, so the organization is now developing new 3D printable products for production. Evidently there are six more designs of a similar nature being produced — but not yet delivered, and the organization is working on further designs.

This is a pattern we’ve seen before: an emergency surfaces the need for a part, and networks of 3D printers almost immediately self-organize and produce the required parts.

It won’t be the last time we see this approach.

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