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Marines Use 3D Printing Tech for Vehicle Replacement Parts

The U.S. Marine Corps has used an additive manufacturing process to produce replacement parts for a small unmanned ground vehicle and fighter aircraft.

USMC said Thursday that Combat Logistic Battalion 31 uses a three-dimensional printer technology as an alternative source for components when immediate action is required, such as an impending failure of a mechanical part, USMC said Thursday.

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 flew an F-35B aircraft fitted with a 3D-printed bumper produced by CLB-31.

The battalion also produced a camera lens cap for an iRobot 310 UGV of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s explosive ordnance disposal team.

Additive manufacturing approach replicates software-generated 3D models by breaking them down into layers to be reproduced with a printer.

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