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U.S. Air Force – The first approved project was printed on the Stratasys F900
According to Travis’s release,” The first approved project was printed on the Stratasys F900, which can print parts with dimensions up to 36 inches x 24 inches x 36 inches made of Ultem 9085, a specialized plastic known for its extra flexibility, density, and strength. The 60th Maintenance Squadron at Travis AFB, Calif., is the Air Force’s first-ever field unit equipped with a Federal Aviation Administration- and USAF-certified 3D printer capable of producing aircraft parts. Typically, parts that don’t keep the aircraft from performing their mission don’t have as high a priority for replacement.”
According to MSgt. In the release, John Higgs, the squadron’s metals technology section chief, said, “We already have a list from the Air Force level to help them print and backfill some supplies. This will ensure other bases can replace items sooner than expected with our help.”
Travis Maintenance Squadron First to Produce Certified, 3D-Printed Parts
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3D Printer will Recycle Plastic in Space
According to NASA, “The Refabricator on the International Space Station is a hybrid 3D printer that can also recycle materials to make new items. This technology could prove useful for future exploration missions to the Moon and Mars”.
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