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NASA, Army, University of Alabama Exchange 3D Printing Tech Ideas; James Lackey Comments

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research and development RDThe Army, NASA and the University of Alabama have partnered to further explore three-dimensional printing methods that could aid the production of aerospace and defense technologies, Defense Systems reported Thursday.

“When you come to learn and appreciate the potential of additive manufacturing, it’s hard not to judge this as a true game-changer; one that will ultimately have far reaching, historical impacts onto our society at-large,” said James Lackey, acting director of the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Product Team, according to the publication.

Defense Systems reports that the Army used a 3D printer to manufacture mobile laboratory equipment as well as to repair ground and aerial vehicles.

NASA recently evaluated 3D-printed rocket engine parts and assessed if 3D printing technology could work in a zero-gravity environment, according to the article.

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