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8 days ago by kcarruthers
Marines’ Love Affair With 3D Printing: Small Is Cheap, & Beautiful « Breaking Defense - Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
"My eyes are watering with what our young people can do right now," the Assistant Commandant said. "They’re really smart and they’ve got a lot of really good ideas," Commandant Neller said. "We would be well served to turn them loose."
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8 days ago by gmisra
Marines’ love affair with 3D printing: small is cheap, and beautiful • Breaking Defense
Sydney Freedberg:
<p>Why are the Marines in love with 3D printing? Like most romances, it starts with the small things, things too small for the conventional supply system to manage, like a two-cent plastic button that preempts a $11,000 repair. Big defense contractors, take notice.

“There’s an intercom in most helicopters,” said Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps. Ground-pounders like him tend to hit the buttons too hard and break them. But the Pentagon supply system doesn’t deal in replacing individual buttons. “You’ve got to buy the whole faceplate of the intercom,” Neller said. “It costs $11,000.”

The only hitch? The parts weren’t approved for installation on an aircraft. “I said, put the button on,” Neller told the National Defense Industrial Association last week. “Print a bag of them and hang them there.”

Neller’s No. 2, Gen. Glenn Walters, has his own longtime love affair with 3D printing. His favorite anecdote is a Marine Corps tank unit that had six 70-ton M1 Abrams tanks idled because of a broken impeller fan needed to clear the air filter. Ordering a single spare fan through the normal system would cost $1,400 and take 18 months. Instead, Walters said, a young female sergeant in the 1st Maintenance Battalion took the initiative to find a contractor “who could 3D print that thing for about $300 dollars and delivered all of them in seven days.”

“My eyes are watering with what our young people can do right now,” Walters told the McAleese/Credit Suisse conference last week. “I have an engineering background, but I’m telling you, some of these 21- and 22-year-olds are well ahead of me.”</p>

As they should be. 3D printing finding its place: low-cost replacement.
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10 days ago by charlesarthur

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