The Royal Netherlands Air Force is comprised of many different kinds of, helicopters, fighter jets and large cargo planes. As a result, there are many different unique parts that are difficult to work on using basic off-the-self tools. Because of this the Royal Netherlands Air Force have started using Ultimaker 3D printers, to manufacture specific tools.
The main military base at Woensdreht is both the primary maintenance location, and academy for the Royal Netherlands Air Force. At the base repairs and maintenance are regularly being done on Apaches, Chinooks, F16s, NH90s and many others.
There is a small workshop ran at the academy by Bas Janssen, who is a member of the Ambition Innovation Results (AIR) division. Bas started hosting workshops for Ultimaker 3 printers and software. After getting familiar with the hardware and software, he started to notice opportunities to improve efficiency at the air base.