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The U.S. military has caught the additive manufacturing fever and is embracing the technology like many hobbyists and corporations have already done. The military is taking the 3D printing technology and really pushing the boundaries of innovation with the development of bomb detectors and prototype limbs. The Army has even gone so far as to deploy a helicopter-borne 3D-printing laboratory to Afghanistan.
Earlier this week Wired posted an article outlining the use of 3D printing in the military and it gives you an idea of how far reaching this technology goes. Below are some of their examples:
It is no surprise that the military is flocking to the world of 3D printing. Relatively speaking, 3D printers are cost-efficient and save (precious) time during the development and manufacturing stages of product development. As the article states, “Time is money in manufacturing, and being able to build a prototype within hours as opposed to days — or a piece of equipment in days as opposed to weeks — saves on both.”
To read the entire Wired article click here.