3D printing changing key questions around weapon systems acquisitions

The Marine Corps’ use of additive manufacturing will change questions surrounding acquisitions to reflect the technology’s ability to sustain weapon systems, according to a service official. Additive manufacturing will “aid in that sustainment, particularly as weapon systems get older and . . . there’s less incentive for industry to even make the parts anymore,” Col. Howard Marotto, additive manufacturing lead for the Next Generation Logistics cell, told Inside the Navy in an Oct. 4 interview at the Pentagon. “If we…

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