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Marines’ Love Affair With 3D Printing: Small Is Cheap, & Beautiful | Breaking Defense
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Marines’ Love Affair With 3D Printing: Small Is Cheap, & Beautiful | Breaking Defense

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.

‚ÄúThere‚Äôs an intercom in most¬†helicopters,‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôt deal in replacing individual buttons. ‚ÄúYou‚Äôve got to buy the whole faceplate of the intercom,‚ÄĚ Neller said. ‚ÄúIt costs $11,000.‚ÄĚ

Source: Marines’ Love Affair With 3D Printing: Small Is Cheap, & Beautiful | Breaking Defense

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