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Sailors design parts on gator's 3D printer

A 3D printer aboard the amphibious assault ship Essex was planned for manufacturing medical supplies – it does that and a whole lot more.

Sailors design parts on gator's 3D printer

When the amphibious assault ship Essex got the fleet’s first 3-D printer last year, crew members were asked to test whether it could manufacture medical supplies aboard ships.

Since then the state-of-the-art printer has been pumping out a lot more than plastic scalpels, as ideas from junior sailors have it making everything from oil caps to screws and deck drain covers.

Click here to read the article by Meghann Myers.

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