The Defense Industry Is Expanding the Use of 3D Printing

September 30, 2014 The Pentagon and the defense industry are rapidly expanding the use of 3D printing to make parts and tools for more sophisticated military equipment.

The technology—which makes manufacturing more agile and wastes very little material—is already being used aboard the USS Essex, a U.S.Navy amphibious assault ship.

 

“The crew has printed everything from plastic syringes to oil tank caps, to the silhouettes of planes that are used on the mock-up of the flight deck to keep the flight deck organized,” Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday at the Concordia Summit in New York.

Read more at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/defense/the-defense-industry-is-expanding-the-use-of-3d-printing-20140930

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