Friday, August 17, 2012

Fabricating prototypes downrange

Deploying MacGyver to Afghanistan | Defense Tech:

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This is neat. A modular workshop with 3D printers and other fabrication equipment built for deployment to remote locations and staffed by a pair of engineers connected to others back in the States. Contained within a shipping container,this portable shop allows for the modification or creation of high end equipment including electronics and sensors short order to counter emergent threats in war zones or for use in disaster relief. According to the article, deployed teams from the Army's Rapid Equipping Force have already used these Expedition Labs to work up ground-penetrating radars to spot buried IEDs while in Afghanistan as well to develop improvements for existing sensors already deployed in the field.

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