3D Printed Replica Landmines and Unexploded Ordnance
- There are an estimated 100 million landmines in the ground across the globe.. Despite excellent efforts by a number of mine clearing organisations, this number is set to increase as conflict continues
- Peace agreements may be signed and hostilities may cease, but landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) are an enduring legacy of conflict. Both landmines and ERW’s deny access to food, water and other basic needs, and inhibit freedom of movement. They prevent the repatriation of refugees and internally displaced people and install fear in communities.
- Every day, untold numbers of people are either maimed or killed by un-exploded landmines and ordinance across the world
- Mine Risk Education programs are key to reducing these appalling injuries and deaths caused by landmines and un-exploded ordinance. Using replica models for Mine Risk Education is difficult (and expensive) – it is almost impossible to ship out of country as even inert ordinance are considered as a weapons system.
BENEFITS OF USING 3D TECHNOLOGIES FOR MINE RISK EDUCATION PROGRAMS
3D printed models can be 100% accurate to their real counterparts in terms of size, shape colour, weight & componentry
These models can be quickly and repeatedly made, at a fraction of the cost over traditional models
Low cost and mobile 3D printers located in the country of interest are used to manufacture the models anywhere in the world
3D Life prints have provided us with an innovative and versatile product. The designed and printed models of replica UXO and landmines are to scale and look very realistic. This has been hugely helpful in our efforts to educate communities such as in Syria that have been effected by explosive remnants of war on the dangers associated by them.
Mayday Rescue, global humanitarian Search & Rescue organisation
For more information, or to purchase, click on a model below:
57mm S5 Rocket
TDI invited 3DLP to South Sudan to carry out a scanning process on items of UXO that were already rendered FFE. The team were able to scan a number of items and the resulting 3D printed models were outstanding. They are exact replicas of the real thing, and will be invaluable for use in MRE sessions as well as training aides. We are delighted to have assisted 3DLP in the development of these models and look forward to working with them closely as this new avenue of technology develops.
The Development Inititative. Global Mine Clearing
How the 3D replicas are manufactured – The Process
Using mobile 3D scanning devices, disarmed Landmines and ordnance are scanned as the base for 3D printing the model
These 3D scans are manipulated by an engineer into a 3D computer model, ready for 3D printing
The models are 3D printed and collected in a rugged box set
– For distribution to communities
– For education and to EOD teams
– For training