U.S. Army scientists may be on the brink of a pioneering additive-manufacturing technology to help soldiers quickly swap out broken plastic components with durable replacement parts from 3D printing.
In the past, troops either have lugged replacement parts around or ordered them from warehouses thousands of miles away, only to wait weeks for them to arrive. But with dual-polymer parts from 3D printing — developed by scientists at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory, or ARL — soldiers could be a few clicks away from swapping out broken pieces and heading back to the fight within hours.
“We’re crossing a threshold where low-cost , easy-to-operate and maintain printers will be proliferated on the battlefield — and able to produce engineering parts of […]
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