The Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) has entered into a CRADA (Cooperative Research and Development Agreement) with South-California based, LulzBot reseller MatterHackers to provide use cases to collect data on effective, low-cost, expeditionary 3D printing.
Servicemember working with a TAZ Workhorse 3D printer on board the USS Essex (Source: MatterHackers)
Through this CRADA MatterHackers will collaborate with the NIWC Pacific, the group that provides technological and engineering support to the US Navy and Department of Defense for testing 3D printed parts in a variety of use-case scenarios. This will help identify and address military-specific challenges related to tactical settings. In turn, this will help evaluate how LulzBot machines and open-sourced 3D-printing materials, additive manufacturing equipment, and commercial-grade technical training can resolve mission disruptives effectively.
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