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Army field tests 3D-printing capabilities in South Korea

Army field tests 3D-printing capabilities in South Korea

Written by Paul

October 30, 2018

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — Soldiers in South Korea can now get broken-down tanks and trucks ready for battle quicker thanks to a new experimental 3D-printing facility. Known as the Rapid Fabrication via Additive Manufacturing on the Battlefield, or RFAB, the facility and its five 3D printers can produce everything from Humvee ignition switches to M4 rifle butt-stocks by layering material into the shape of the desired object. This is the fourth deployment of the $250,000 facility, which arrived at Camp Humphreys in August. But unlike the other deployments that lasted only a month, Chief Warrant Officer Dewey Adams said his team of six soldiers will operate the RFAB here for a full year. The Army chose the 2nd Sustainment Brigade for its first yearlong test because of the near-deployment nature of South Korea, Adams said. “We’re trying to validate the use of additive manufacturing in the future of […]


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