US Marines’ ‘Ripper Lab’ used to manufacture 3D printed ‘Nibbler’ drones in Middle East

US Marines' 'Ripper Lab' used to manufacture 3D printed 'Nibbler' drones in Middle East

A U.S. Marine Corps task force has set up a 3D printing lab on the ground in the Middle East, using it to 3D print quadcopter drones, tools, medical supplies, and more. Dubbed the “Ripper Lab,” the facility is allowing the task force to print devices and replacement parts on-demand and at a lower cost than shipping them in. Over the past year, the U.S. Marine Corps has made significant strides with the adoption of additive manufacturing technologies, developing 3D printed components for future smart trucks , experimenting with 3D printed munitions , and perhaps most significantly, manufacturing low-cost […]

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