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Using 3D Printing to Build Structures and Self-Sufficiency in the Navy and Marine Corps

Using 3D Printing to Build Structures and Self-Sufficiency in the Navy and Marine Corps

Written by David

November 30, 2018

All branches of the armed forces have a watchword central to their core missions: self-sufficiency. Because soldiers venture into some of the world’s harshest environments – foreign battlefields, or deep in the ocean aboard a ship or submarine – they often lack support from others, and from equipment and supplies to help them in a needed situation: to create structures or make repairs to an existing one. 3D printing is helping in this mission by emerging as a resourceful solution to many military needs. Two examples of 3D printing use at the forefront of such efforts are currently being used by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy. 3D Printing a Barracks The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Champaign, Illinois has the world’s largest concrete 3D printer. The U.S. Marines are using it to build one of the largest concrete barracks structures in a collaborative […]

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