US, UK Explore Interoperable, Battlefield-Ready 3-D Printing Capabilities

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November 9, 2022 | Originally published by U.S. Army on October 28, 2022

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Warfighters from all branches of service and allied nations will need to work together closely on future battlefields to outwit and outperform adversaries. As the U.S. military and its partners take strategic steps to expand interoperability in theater, they are also evaluating how to maximize operational dexterity — including through the clever use of advanced manufacturing.

Encompassing everything from three-dimensional (3D) printing to robotics, advanced manufacturing harnesses innovative technologies to improve traditional processes. The military’s application of advanced manufacturing in operational environments offers Warfighters the ability to fix issues and make repairs on location and on demand, without needing to wait hours or days for key parts to arrive.

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