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A U.S. Marine observes a 3D printer as it prints an equipment part used aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18), Aug. 24.

A U.S. Marine observes a 3D printer as it prints an equipment part used aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18), Aug. 24.

Written by David

October 22, 2020

From small parts to more complex designs, the Marines of CLB-31 are assisting in daily functions and cutting back on cost for the Marine Corps. Utilizing developing 3D printing technology, the Marines are assisting with mission readiness not only by providing quality parts, but on-site adjustments and cost efficient materials as well.

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“The benefits of using a 3D printer are endless,” said Staff Sgt. Jack L. Hubbard III, a communications electronics maintenance chief with CLB-31. “We were asked by our Navy counterparts to print a knob used to charge forklift batteries. The cost of the entire unit is $45,000, but it only cost us three dollars to print the knob ourselves.” After printing the knobs, […]

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