- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Future Marines will be a bit safer behind enemies lines thanks to 3D-printing technology recently on display in Champaign, Illinois.

The U.S. Marine Corps made history this month with the a 3D-printing blitz: a 500-square-foot concrete barracks was constructed in roughly 40 hours.

Similar jobs using wood takes 10 Marines five days to build, Fox News reported Wednesday.

“This exercise had never been done before,” Capt. Matthew Friedell, Additive Manufacturing project officer in Marine Corps Systems Command’s Operations and Programs/G-3, said in a statement. “People have printed buildings and large structures, but they haven’t done it onsite and all at once. This is the first-in-the-world, onsite continuous concrete print.

“In active or simulated combat environments, we don’t want Marines out there swinging hammers and holding plywood up,” he added. “Having a concrete printer that can make buildings on demand is a huge advantage for Marines operating down range.”

Navy Seabees also took part in the feat, which was accomplished at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.

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