3-D Printed Landmines and Mine Clearance Tools

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3-D printing offers an inexpensive, customizable, mine action training solution to militaries and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams. 3-D printers use digital files to create objects, such as simulated landmines, with layers of molten plastic.1 The mine replicas can be wired to blast simulators to train personnel in a safe, controlled environment.2,3,4

British design engineer Chris Natt recently created 3-D-printed, simulated mines for training purposes.4 These simulated mines are placed in the ground and if triggered, emit a loud bang and flashing lights.5 One newly-created simulated 3-D-printed YM-1 mine, when triggered, sends a wireless signal to a box and sets off a siren.6 Most 3-D printed, simulated landmines are customizable and print quickly. They are not yet mass-produced.1,6

For more information about simulated landmines, see “Advanced Ordnance Teaching Materials,” by Allen Tan in Issue 18.2 of The Journal of ERW and Mine Action. In his article, Tan describes various replicated learning tools used for a hands-on experience in EOD education.7 c

~ Julie Stern, CISR staff



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Endnotes

  1. Hsu, Jeremy. “3D Printing: What a 3D Printer Is and How It Works.” Live Science. http://bit.ly/1v7FKhe. 21 May 2013.
  2. “Blast simulators emulate explosive events without the use of explosive materials.” EOD life. http://bit.ly/1wxaFEj. Accessed 15 September 2014.
  3. “Little Boy.” Improvised Electronics. http://bit.ly/1oRcbcq. Accessed 15 September 2014.
  4. Natt, Chris. “Blastproof – Humanitarian Tools for the Ongoing Conflict with the Mechanical Soldiers of War.” http://bit.ly/1r0f8My. Accessed 15 September 2014.
  5. Shubber, Kadhim. “3D-printed artificial landmines could make demining safer.” Wired. 12 July 2013. http://bit.ly/XqFOKw. Accessed 15 September 2014.
  6. “3D Printed Bomb Suit Figure EOD.” Kickstarter. http://kck.st/1uE9waI. Accessed 15 September 2014.
  7. Tan, Allen. “Advanced Ordnance Teaching Materials.” The Journal of ERW and Mine Action. Issue 18.2 (Summer 2014.) Accessed 9 October 2014. http://bit.ly/1s09mtb.