An interesting on-the-spot use for 3D printing technology.

( The Marines’ Mountain Warfare Training Center located in California trains Marines in mountain and cold weather operations. During the winter, snow can reach six to eight feet high and temperatures of 20 degrees below zero. Upgrades to equipment under extreme conditions in such weather are necessary, and recent missions were able to repair equipment by using 3D printing to replace important parts of snowshoes.

Marines’ dedicated AM team 3D-printed some customized parts for snowshoes, to improve stability in the tough snowy conditions. With a 3D printed snowshoe clip, a Marine can quickly replace a clip if it breaks while they are running forward. The Additive Manufacturing team at the command worked to develop the 3D printed clip replacement for the snowshoes. It only took three days to complete them, from design phase to delivery.

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