Air Force issues national call for 3D scanner


Additive manufacturing and computer design experts, the Air Force needs your ideas.

As part of a national effort to harness the speed and flexibility of additive manufacturing — often called “3D printing” — the Air Force this month issued a call for a “cutting-edge automated 3-D scanning system” that can quickly scan complex parts to produce three-dimensional models.

The idea is simple: Help the warfighter quickly reproduce or reverse-engineer crucial parts — parts that in some cases may be years old and perhaps no longer readily available.

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Story excerpt provided by Dayton Daily News.

Written by Thomas Gnau.

Originally published January 15, 2021.

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