There is a new force on the front line, and it is nothing but the world.
Remote military bases in Afghanistan are using Star Trek.
Style replicators, 3D printers, can be made on site no matter what the Army needs-
From replacement vehicle parts to new technology.
Army rapid equipment force (REF)
Cooperate with application thinking Company
Make the dream of science fiction a reality.
Thanks to their efforts, a lab equipped with a 3D printer can only be reached by helicopter.
While these locations cannot be announced, the first two laboratories were sent to the forward base of operations in Afghanistan.
The third project is currently under construction and is scheduled to be deployed around June.
There are four types of computers.
3D printer, CNC milling machine, laser cutting machine
and water knife.
The state-of-the-art lab is included at 20,000 lbs, 20 lbs.
Long foot container that can be carried by Chinook helicopter.
It is equipped with a 3D printer and a CNC milling machine similar to a very large microwave oven.
With them, engineers can build anything.
How does it work?
\"The soldiers walked into the lab and said, \'This is my problem.
The doctor then did the work and showed it to the soldiers.
The soldiers gave them feedback, \"they patched the technology together until it was exactly for the purpose,\" explained Westley Brin, product manager at REF.
The software used by the team is similar to the software that the architect will use, such as CAD or computer-
Assist in designing solutions and designing solutions on the battlefield.
After drawing the design, they send the file to a 3D printer or CNC.
3D printers, sometimes called Rapid prototypes, are layered with glue or resin and designed from scratch.
Brin called their 3D printer \"basically like a huge glue gun.
When you pick up the created object, you can feel the ridge because it builds the object layer by layer.
That\'s why it\'s so fragile.
\"3D printers can only make softer plastics that last for a month or two ---it’s a short-
Terminology Solutions in the domain.
They can also build several soft models and send them back to the US. S.
Or other places for mass manufacturing.
CNC mills work differently: they use drill bits, take out a large piece of aluminum or metal and carve it out, just like a human sculpture.
Extensive agency announcements for REF and laboratory use (BAA)
Websites seeking solutions.
Anyone can submit a solution and they will send someone out to have a look if they think it shows the promise.
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CNC can cut parts from more durable materials;
Brin described its productionall, be-all piece” --
That means it\'s not a stop.
Clearance, but screws, knives, dispenser covers or anything that can be used during the duration.
The lab also allows technicians to seek advice from anywhere in the world from Afghanistan, whether it\'s the CEO of Fortune 500, a university professor or 13-year-old girl.
Anyone with a good idea to solve a problem or improve the current solution is accessible.
Thousands of miles away.
Strike engineers can design and provide solutions for laboratories in Afghanistan where 3D printers and CNC will work overnight.
A new section is waiting when the team arrives in the morning.
What is it?
The Powerhand project is one of many success stories.
Afghan soldiers with hands
Ground penetrating radar for mine detection-
Equipment with very limited battery life.
By creating technology from 60 minutes to 36 hours, they immediately made the soldiers safer and gave them a tool that could be used in three hoursday patrol.
The next one in the Army\'s duplicator pipeline is a larger printer that combines CNC with 3D functionality and is likely to be located in a major base.
The lab posted to the front operating base will also be able to exchange production parts with this monster.
With the end of the war in Afghanistan, Star Trek
The style lab will still have huge utility, going out with the army first
For example, respond to natural disasters within 24 to 48 hours.