Marine Corps Captain 3D Prints Water Bottle Prototype, Designed to Reduce Logistical Footprint in …

marine-corps-base-quantico-logo3D printing is often used in the military, to make objects like the small but useful TruClip, or munitions. We also see 3D printing utilized often in a classroom setting, to teach students of all ages about the technology so they’ll have a leg up when they are starting their careers later. The technology is also used in military classrooms on bases, training various branches of the military to use the technology to improve the success of their units.

Marine Corps Captain Justin Carrasco, who is currently attending the Marine Corps University aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCBQ), recently created an innovative new 3D printed prototype that he hopes to test out soon.

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Capt. Justin Carrasco designing new plastic water bottle [Image: MCCS Forward]

Capt. Carrasco is enrolled in a 40-week resident course, called the Expeditionary Warfare School. It provides company grade Marine officers career-level training and professional military education, with an emphasis on warfighting skills, tactical decision-making, combined arms operations, and Marine Air Ground Task Forces in amphibious operations. The educational focus is to prepare Marine Captains to function as staff officers and commanders, by developing students’ leadership abilities and communication skills. Capt. Carrasco was specifically chosen for a research fellowship project, with a goal of designing, developing, and 3D printing a brand new shape for disposable water bottles.

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[Image: MCCS Forward]

Capt. Carrasco said, “My overall project consists of designing, developing and printing a 3D water bottle design in .5L and 1L capacities that maximizes logistical functionality while maintaining usability.”

If you thought the shape of regular water bottles was just fine, that is probably true in most cases. However, the new water bottle that Capt. Carrasco designed will actually minimize packaged water bottles’ logistical footprint while they are being transported in military convoys. His idea was born from his experience in Afghanistan as a motor transport platoon commander.

He explained, “I was responsible for planning and executing logistics convoys between forward operating bases and patrol bases for force sustainment.”

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[Image: MCCS Forward]

Vehicles in Capt. Carrasco’s platoon most often carried loads of palletized water bottles. Due to the round shape of the bottles, these water pallets were pretty unstable during travel. Since it was fairly difficult to stack pallets of round water bottles safely, the pallets would often break when traveling off road. Capt. Carrasco wanted to use his time at the Expeditionary Warfare School, and the available 3D printing equipment at the MCBQ Family Library, to use 3D printing and solve a very real problem. His new water bottle design, when compared to standard water bottles containing the same volume of liquid, has shown a 40% logistical footprint reduction.

“The new water bottle I am designing aims to improve the structural integrity of the water bottle as a system of the package and pallet. This should allow the pallets to double stack and improve their off road survivability,” said Capt. Carrasco.

When packaged and built into pallets for convoy transport, Capt. Carrasco’s new plastic water bottles can now use the majority of the available pallet space to hold water, since the Marines no longer have to contend with the hollow, unused space from the previous round water bottles. It also provides excellent surface area, as well as a more structurally sound case when fully packaged. Capt. Carrasco used the Quantico MakerSpace at the Family Library to bring his new water bottle concept to 3D printed life.

quantico-makerspaceThe Quantico MakerSpace, which had its grand opening in December of 2015, is equipped with Dremel Idea Builders. On the first and third Wednesdays of every month, the MakerSpace offers classes and demonstrations for all age levels, from a Coding Crash Course and Scratch programming class to mini STEAM lessons and a demonstration of Ozobots, which follow marker lines and obey commands. Every MakerSpace also features one 3D print that users and attendees can watch come to life. You can check out the MCBQ Base Library’s Facebook page to learn more.

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[Image: MCCS Forward]

One post on the Facebook page is a Marine Corps Community Services article about Captain Carrasco’s 3D printed water bottle; it’s noted that his story will hopefully inspire others to be creative makers themselves. Captain Carrasco was originally focused on reducing the logistical footprint of packaged water bottles, but he also believes that his idea could be used in other military supply applications as well. This is one of the many reasons why it’s a good idea to offer these types of 3D printing services and classes on military bases – you never know what kinds of problems can be solved if our men and women in uniform have access to this technology.[Sources/Images: Quantico Sentry, Quantico MakerSpace, MCCS Forward]

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  • Greater selection of colors to choose from.

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  • Afinia H-Series (see note)
  • Up! Mini, Plus, and Plus2 (see note)
  • Solidoodle 3, Solidoodle 2
  • MakerGear M2
  • PrintrBotPlus, LC, original
  • QU-BD Revolution, RPM, OneUp (when equipped with optional heat bed), TwoUp (when equipped with optional heat bed)
  • Other printers with 1.75mm compatible extruders and hot-ends, having a heated print bed

Note: C1 series ABS filament is designed for printing at a lower temperature than the high-temperature ABS used on Afinia and Up! printers. Rafts and supports may be more difficult to remove when printing on stock (unmodified) printers when using standard-temperature ABS.

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BBC Reporter Breaks “World's Safest Drone” Prototype at CES 2016; 3D Printing Comes to the …

fleye2It wasn’t the best of moments for BBC reporter Jen Copestake. On the scene at CES 2016, Copestake was reporting on the Fleye, an innovative drone that has been introduced by a Belgian startup via a currently-running Kickstarter campaign. Described as the “world’s safest drone,” the Fleye is unique because of its ball-shaped design, which encloses the spinning propeller blade that keeps it aloft. According to the Kickstarter, the drone is about the same size, shape and weight as a soccer ball, and just as safe.

It was the Fleye’s safety that Copestake was describing to her audience when the incident happened. The drone floated over to her, buzzing cheerily, and she reached out for it, describing the foam-enclosed sphere that enables humans to safely interact with it. Safely for whom, though, appears to be up for debate. Humans, yes. The drone itself, however, didn’t fare so well in its encounter with Copestake, whose tentative grasp on the floating ball sent it spiraling out of control and crashing to the ground, where it broke into two pieces.

Luckily, the prototype of the Fleye was mostly 3D printed, so it can be easily repaired. The wounded drone was taken to CES triage, where it bravely allowed itself to be patched up with some tape and glue until it can be fully restored with a 3D printer. It was then released for a second meeting with Copestake, who managed to hold onto it this time, although its buzzing seemed to have taken on an angrier tone than before. According to Copestake, however, the incident was proof of how harmless the Fleye is.

“This did have the benefit though of demonstrating the drone’s safe design and enclosed propeller, which I wasn’t afraid was going to hurt me,” she said.

fleyedrone2Her wary approach to their first meeting suggested otherwise; however, I can’t say a buzzing, floating soccer ball zooming towards my head would have made me feel particularly at ease at first, either, even if it is about as adorable as a Star Wars droid. While the prototype was 3D printed, the final drone will be injection molded, which is supposed to make it sturdier. The Kickstarter describes the Fleye as robust enough to withstand bumping into things without damage; it doesn’t say anything about crash landings, but perhaps Copestake served as an unintentional beta tester by finding its weakness.

While the Fleye’s pride may have been damaged by the incident, its reputation doesn’t appear to have suffered at all. With a week left in the Kickstarter campaign, the project has already received nearly $100,000 more than its fundraising goal. It will go into full production shortly after the end of the campaign, and will continue to undergo rigorous testing and development before it begins shipping in September 2016. One of the backing rewards is a 3D printed ornamental mini-Fleye. There’s no word on whether Copestake or the BBC plan to order one of the finished drones at this time.fleyedrone

Prototype Supply 1.75mm ABS Blue 3D Printing Filament, 1kg (2.2 pounds)

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3D Printer operators looking for high-quality printed objects with better dimensional control, excellent layer adhesion, and a wide selection of colors are using Prototype Supply C1 3D printing filament.

Prototype Supply C1 filament is made especially for the needs of professional-quality 3D printing:

  • Manufactured specifically for use with 3D printers, not industrial plastic welding.
  • High dimensional stability for improved accuracy.
  • Excellent melt and adhesion properties.
  • Wide spool diameter for straighter filament.
  • Greater selection of colors to choose from.

ABS 1.75mm
Compatible with:

  • Makerbot Replicator 2X, Replicator, and Thing-o-Matic w/ Mk7 Stepstruder
  • Afinia H-Series (see note)
  • Up! Mini, Plus, and Plus2 (see note)
  • Solidoodle 3, Solidoodle 2
  • MakerGear M2
  • PrintrBotPlus, LC, original
  • QU-BD Revolution, RPM, OneUp (when equipped with optional heat bed), TwoUp (when equipped with optional heat bed)
  • Other printers with 1.75mm compatible extruders and hot-ends, having a heated print bed

Note: C1 series ABS filament is designed for printing at a lower temperature than the high-temperature ABS used on Afinia and Up! printers. Rafts and supports may be more difficult to remove when printing on stock (unmodified) printers when using standard-temperature ABS.

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  • For Makerbot Replicator (Original and Duo-head) and Replicator 2X; Afinia H-series; PP3DP Up!-series; Solidoodle 2 and 3; PrintrBot (except Simple); QU-BD OneUp and TwoUp whenÊequipped with heated bed; RPM and other printers with a heated print bed that accept 1.75 mm filament.
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Prototype Supply C1 series 3D printing filament – for demanding FDM applications

3D Printer operators looking for high-quality printed objects with better dimensional control, excellent layer adhesion, and a wide selection of colors are using Prototype Supply C1 3D printing filament.

Prototype Supply C1 filament is made especially for the needs of professional-quality 3D printing:

  • Manufactured specifically for use with 3D printers, not industrial plastic welding
  • High dimensional stability for improved accuracy.
  • Excellent melt and adhesion properties.
  • Wide spool diameter for straighter filament.
  • Greater selection of colors to choose from.

PLA 1.75mm
Compatible with:

  • Makerbot Replicator 2X, Replicator 2, Replicator, and Thing-o-Matic w/ Mk7 Stepstruder
  • Afinia H-Series
  • Up! Mini, Plus, and Plus2
  • Deezmaker Bukito
  • MakerGear M2
  • PrintrBot Simple, Plus, LC, original
  • QU-BD Revolution, RPM, OneUp, TwoUp
  • Other printers with 1.75mm compatible extruders and hot-ends

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  • 3D Printing Filament, Plastic, PLA, 1.75 mm diameter, 1.0 kg (Net Weight). Brown
  • High quality filament manufactured specifically for professional quality 3D printing.
  • Wide-core spool reduces extrusion difficulty caused by tightly coiled filament. 53-mm (2.1 inch) diameter mounting hole.
  • For Makerbot Replicator (Original and Duo-head), Replicator 2 and Replicator 2X; Afinia H-series; PP3DP Up!-series; Solidoodle 2 and 3; PrintrBot; Deezmaker Bukito; QU-BDÊRevolution, RPM, OneUp, and TwoUp; and other printers that accept 1.75 mm filament.
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