23 Oct '15, 11am

DARPA-funded @USNavy fab lab expands innovation to ships at sea: #Mentor2

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Kearsarge Commanding Officer Capt. David Bossert and MARMC Commanding Officer Capt. Steven Stancy were on hand for the delivery and installation of the mini fab lab. "This is a game changer. In a few years, I can definitely see this on every ship in the fleet," said Bossert. The mini fab lab consists of two additive manufacturing (3D) printers along with a desktop Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) mill. A large flat screen monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse are also included. The 3D printer has the ability to build various sizes and shapes out of polymers. The CNC mini mill uses subtractive manufacturing processes to create circuit boards. Kearsarge Sailors have been training in the MARMC Fabrication Laboratory since Sept. 21, as an introduction to digital manufacturing and innovation. They were trained in many 3D rendering programs, soldering basics ...

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