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The Marines 3D-Printed a Rocket Launcher Shelter in 36 Hours

The Marines 3D-Printed a Rocket Launcher Shelter in 36 Hours

Written by David

August 4, 2020

The Marine Corps recently tested a 3D printer capable of fabricating entire buildings within hours. The shelter was built to accommodate a HIMARS multiple launch rocket system. 3D printing promises stronger, more durable structures for a more mobile Marine Corps.

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The U.S. Marines recently tested a 3D printer capable of constructing entire buildings with quick-drying concrete . In just 36 hours, ICON’s Vulcan 3D printer whipped up a concrete structure that can hold a HIMARS truck-mounted multiple rocket launcher system. The result is a durable structure that can be built virtually anywhere the Marines deploy, sheltering personnel, vehicles, and supplies from the weather. See the printer in action here: The Vulcan is a 3,800-pound beast that’s designed to spray layers of proprietary Lavacrete, which is a fast-curing polymer concrete that can be ready for use as soon as 12 to 24 hours after printing. Lavacrete has a strength rating […]

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