ALABAMA EXPLORING 3D PRINTING FOR MILITARY PURPOSES

Researchers at the University of Alabama are exploring ways the military could use new 3D printing technology in the field.

The meld B8 machine can print metal objects using recycled materials, and could help the military operate more efficiently in the field by reducing supply shipments for metal parts and waste collection.

Professor Paul Allison said the meld machine is especially useful because it can be used in different environments and has a range of capabilities.

“We also have the fastest deposition rates for 3D printing of metals, and we can make large structures,” Allison said. “We can repair and build up large components.”

The University of Alabama is among the first purchasers of the new printer.

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