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USS Carrier Truman installs a Fab Lab - 3D printers etc.


JerryNY

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http://www.spacewar.com/m/reports/USS_Truman_first_carrier_to_install_Afloat_Fab_Lab_999.html

"A Fabrication Laboratory, or Fab Lab, is a small-scale technical workshop comprised of off-the-shelf, industrial-grade fabrication and electronics tools, including 3-D printing technology. Navy officials say the workshop will help sailors become more innovative.

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In addition to 3-D printing technology, Truman's new lab consists of a desktop Computerized Numerical Control mill, a large flat screen monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse. The printer is capable of building objects of a variety of sizes and shapes from polymers. Truman sailors have been training in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center's Fab Lab since November 10, familiarizing themselves with 3-D rendering programs, soldering basics, and electronic component instruction."

Cool stuff but I always thought they had things like that but maybe being a super carrier they are one phone call away from having parts flown in...

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That makes these bad boys one more step from being permanent floating cities with their own manufacturing capacities. I watched some movie when I was a kid about these guys n this massive space station with the huuuuuge gardens. Next stop for super carrier......farms. Fresh bed and parsley. Oh yeah......and Tomahawk missiles.

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