January 14, 2013
US army sent 2nd mobile 3D printing labs to Afghanistan Jan 7
REF is able to set up mobile labs at remote operating bases equipped with 3D printers, CNC mills, laser cutters and water cutters for fabricating parts on the spot.
The mobile lab is a 20-foot container, costs $2.8 million, that can be transported by truck or helicopter to any location.
"Soldiers walk into the lab and say, 'this is my problem.' The PhDs then do the work and show it to the soldiers. The soldiers give them feedback," and they work together tinkering with the tech until it is exactly fit for purpose, explained Westley Brin, product manager with the REF.
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