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Iron Man suits for the military on horizon following creation of 3D printed body armour

The armour developed by Loughborough University researchers could save lives in the field
The armour developed by Loughborough University researchers could save lives in the field Credit: Loughborough University

Bulletproof Iron Man suits for the military and the police could be on the horizon following the development of 3D printed body armour that can be tailored to fit any body shape.

The futuristic armour has been devised by Loughborough University in conjunction with the Home Office and Ministry of Defence (MOD). The armour is created using a 3D printer that rapidly deposits thin layers of heat-resistant fibres together to create a protective panel that can slot into military and police vests.

"The future vision is to take someone's scan data and map this protective geometry around," said Dr Andrew Johnson, lecturer in product design at Loughborough University.

He said it could resemble the body...

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