The US Marine Corps is known for innovating on the fly, and Building Momentum, in conjunction with their LulzBot 3D Printers, is helping them take that innovation to a whole new level. A veteran-owned firm in Alexandria, VA, USA, Building Momentum provides consulting on science, engineering, and technology development to defense, education, corporate, and entrepreneurial organizations. “We’re the people who go to strange places and do MacGyver-like things, and we do a lot of training for that with the US Marine Corps,” said CEO and Founder Brad Halsey.
Having utilized his command of 3D printing during his deployment in Iraq, problem-solving in high-pressure conditions, Halsey was inspired to share his expertise and enthusiasm. Since 2015, Building Momentum has been helping innovators around the world, providing intensive instruction in such fields as mobile lab design, 3D printing in combat, and CAD software. About his client base, Halsey said, “Anyone from teachers to Seal Team guys, you name it. The client who has gotten most of our training is the U.S. Marine Corps, and all of our training is extremely immersive.”
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When time is of the essence, problem-solving with technology becomes a necessity. Building Momentum’s training includes team-oriented challenges requiring a combination of emerging technology and creativity in order to achieve a technical objective within a designated time constraint. They present multi-faceted creative challenges under pressure, every day for a week or more. One of the more impressive projects involved the creation of 3D printed bridges, fit together in segments, with no adhesive material. The bridge that held the most weight, roughly 250 pounds, currently holds the record.
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