AT SEA, USS WASP, Pacific Ocean —
Marines with Combat Logistic Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, are now capable of ‘additive manufacturing,’ also known as 3-D printing.
This innovative technique is the process of replicating a digital 3-D model in the real world. 3-D printing software breaks the digital model down into layers which can be reproduced by the printer. The printer then builds the model from the ground up, layer by layer, creating a tangible object.
Sgt. Adrian Willis, a computer and telephone technician, was thrilled to be selected by his command to work with a 3-D printer.
“I think 3-D printing is definitely the future – it’s absolutely the direction the Marine Corps needs to be going,” said Willis.
The Marine Corps is all about mission accomplishment and self-reliance. From day one in boot camp recruits are taught to have a ‘figure-it-out’ mindset. 3-D printing is the next step for a Corps that prides itself on its self-sufficiency.
“Finding innovative solutions to complex problems really does harken back to our core principles as Marines,” Willis said. “I’m proud to be a part of a new program that could be a game-changer for the Marine Corps.”
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