Army researchers use cutting edge 3D printers

Photo Credit: Mr. David McNally (RDECOM) Inside a massive 3D printer a delicate head moves at lightning speed to precisely deposit heated plastic layer-by-layer to create a hardened part.

Photo Credit: Mr. David McNally (RDECOM)
Inside a massive 3D printer a delicate head moves at lightning speed to precisely deposit heated plastic layer-by-layer to create a hardened part.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — When you walk into this research lab you hear the overpowering hum of massive machines with robotic parts swinging past viewing windows as technicians spray objects with lasers attached to limber metallic arms.

Fifty years ago what goes on in this lab would have been considered science fiction, but what these Army researchers do is scientific fact.

These artisan engineers create three-dimensional objects out of plastic and metal in printers that seem more like Star Trek replicators.

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