US Marine Corps to Use 3D Systems 3D Scanners and Printers in Wargame
3D Systems announced on Monday that it would be contributing to the US Marine Corps Expeditionary Logistics Wargame VIII. The annual US Marine Wargame event puts new technologies in the hands of the Marine Corps and has them conduct simulations in which the technologies can be used as if during battle to enhance logistics and supply chain capabilities.
At this year’s Wargame, Marine Corps will utilize 3D Systems’ 3D scanning, printing, CAD and accuracy checking software tools in a simulation where they have to repair two key parts of a tactical multipurpose robot. The marines will use 3D Systems’ Geomagic Capture portable 3D scanner and Geomagic Design Direct software to create an accurate CAD model of the robot’s broken parts and fix them where necessary. They will then use 3D Systems’ SLS and Direct Metal Printing industrial printers to print out the newly fixed parts and finally check their accuracy compared with the original part data with 3D Systems’ Geomagic Control software.
Prior to 3D printing, the US Military has said a broken device could mean waiting weeks and paying hefty fees for new parts.
“It’s my strong belief that 3D printing and advanced manufacturing are breakthrough technologies for our maintenance and logistics functions of the future,” said Vice Admiral Cullom. “We can gain new capabilities to make rapid repairs, print tools and parts, where and when they are needed, carry fewer spares and, ultimately, transform our maritime maintenance and logistics supply chain.”
“We are thrilled to work with the U.S. Department of Defense to modernize tactics across multiple domains (land, air, sea, cyber, and space) and demonstrate to the Marine Corps the latest tools to deliver rapid response solutions in critical applications,” added Neal Orringer, Vice President of Alliances and Partnerships at 3D Systems. “We are pleased to be a partner in this effort to improve tactical responses and help save warfighters’ lives.”
Check out the video below for a demo on how all the 3D Systems devices will be used in the Wargame.
Shanie Phillips is a originally from the UK, but has spent many years in Singapore, the US and now Israel. In addition to writing for Inside3DP she writes for several news and innovation sites.