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U.S Navy and Army bring 3D printing technology on board to speed up operations. Over a 28 month period, the Navy’s USS George HW Bush (CVN 77) aircraft carrier will be upgraded with conventional and 3D printed parts.
Jeff Burchett, project superintendent of USS George HW Bush, said, “There are a lot of first-time jobs all around, given this is the first time Bush has sat on keel blocks since being built. With the size of this work package, it will take a total team effort by NNSY.”
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The scheduled overhauling of the $6.2 billion aircraft carrier will take place at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY).
In addition to this, the U.S. Marines and the Army are integrating 3D printing on a wider scale for various applications.
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A helicopter landing on the USS George HW Bush (CVN 77) aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean. Photo via Micah P. Blechner/U.S. Navy.
In recent years, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has taken measures to incorporate advanced manufacturing techniques into the military and air force operations. This also includes the rapid adoption of additive manufacturing.
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Every day, 3D printing is becoming an essential part of the U.S. military.
At the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment is the first unit to deploy a 3D printer in their unit.
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1st Lt. Ryan McCormic, motor transport officer for 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, said, “One of my plans is that we take our 3D printer with us on [deployment] and utilize it in country when somebody tells us that we have a dead vehicle or a [faulty] weapon.”
“WE BRING THIS 3D PRINTER AND INSTEAD OF POSSIBLY HAVING A 2-3 WEEK WAIT TIME FOR THE PART, WE CAN PRINT IT RIGHT THERE.”
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Furthermore, the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) has also set up an Advanced...
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