PLA Navy use 3D printers

Innovative use of tech at sea.

3D printers replace parts aboard PLA warships

3D printers are being deployed aboard the warships of the People’s Liberation Army Navy to replace crucial small parts, according to China’s Global Times on Jan. 8.

The breaking of a wheel gear aboard a destroyer on New Year’s eve showed the usefulness of 3D printers for PLA sailors to reproduce critical spare parts aboard the ship. A special compartment had already been built on that destroyer for the operation of the printer. Inside the compartment a computer, casting equipment and the materials needed to make spare parts could be seen.

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