U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, Naval Sea Systems commander, has visited a fabrication laboratory that theÂ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency provided to Mayport, Florida-basedÂ Southeast Regional Maintenance Center.
The Navy said ThursdayÂ DARPA established Fab Lab in August as part of efforts to expandÂ parts availability and addressÂ logistics supply chain costs and fleet readiness.
“Right now, the tentative timeline is to begin conducting training workshops on the use of the equipment,” saidÂ Tarah Horney, facilitator at the SERMC Fab Lab.
Horney addedÂ theÂ laboratory will help train and exposeÂ deckplate sailors to new technology and fabrication methods.
Fab Lab containsÂ tools and equipment such asÂ laser cutters, routers and 3D printers to help sailors manufacture high-demand, low-supply parts or create unique components, the Navy noted.
Gill Pratt, program manager at DARPAâs defense sciences office, said DARPA wants sailors to create designs and rapid prototypes “that could be certified for wider fleet use.”