U.S. Marine Corps looks to 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies to produce spare parts

July 19, 2021
With the growing availability of 3D printing means, any Marine could be a maker and learn to use the systems to make prototypes and parts.

QUANTICO MARINE BASE, Va. – The Marine Corps wants to establish a secure, digital repository that Marines anywhere could tap into for help building needed spare parts with 3D printers. USNI News reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

19 July 2021 -- The Marine Corps today has a digital repository created over the last few years and populated with files, technical data, and other information to support additive manufacturing technologies, but it’s not organized as something like a detailed catalog.

The long-term goal is a true program-of-record style repository called the Digital Manufacturing Data Vault (DMDV) -- a one-stop-shop for approval process, version control, approved part drawings, and technical data packages for 3D printing.

The Marine Corps plans to implement the DMDV during fiscal 2024. Additive manufacturing systems are helping fill critical needs in the field and out in the fleet, due to the aging equipment and diminishing supplies of replacement parts.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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