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MIT Researchers Build 3D Printer; Chris McCarroll Comments

research and development RDResearchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a three-dimensional printing tool designed to produce 3D objects and embed components into a product, the Homeland Defense Information Analysis Center reported Sept. 14.

The 3D printing machine, dubbed MultiFab, has self-correction tools and a 3D scanner that work to simultaneously layer 10 printing materials such as metal and plastic in order to build 3D objects, the HDIAC said.

“Before a warfighter can print a missile in the field, you need quality, controlled processes to fabricate all the component materials,” said Chris McCarroll, director of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

“The hard part is then making the connections between these components, as an example, the integrated control circuit that receives the command to light the fuse.”

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