Smith: Marine Corps on cutting edge of 3D printing for efficiency, cost savings

The Third Offset is the Pentagon’s effort to maintain the US military’s technological advantage over other militaries around the world. One of the technologies that is prominent in that Third Offset is 3D printing. Warrant Officer Sean Smith of the 1st Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, is action officer of the Expeditionary Manufacturing facility at Camp Pendleton, where members of his unit have been using 3D printing technology. He discussed what his team is doing on National Defense Week.

Sean Smith on National Defense Week

Photo: Replacement parts created using 3-D printing technology are displayed next to original parts as an example to the accuracy of the equipment during a demonstration aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 6, 2016. 1st Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, demonstrated the potential of 3-D printing capabilities to the commanders of I Marine Expeditionary Force and 1st MLG. Still in the testing phase, the battalion has already discovered endless possibilities as to how they can integrate the technology into their mission. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carson Gramley/released)

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