Over the past few years, 3D printing has taken the consumer market by storm, taking products from mere concept to physical reality as fast as the creator plugs in the design.
In the of world explosive ordnance disposal, Marines are creating bomb-making materials from those same 3D printers, which can produce customized casings within a short, 24-hour window.
Trained EOD techs with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa are testing out specialized containers made from 3D printers at a Naval Station in Rota, Spain.
EOD techs are fully equipped with a robust online depository of printable files; the Marines simply load the data into a computer and the 3D-printer constructs as commanded.
After printing the explosive devices, the Marines put their newly created destruction-makers to the ultimate test: rigging them to blow.
Packed with explosives, the EOD Marines carefully set the fuses and prepare for detonation, demonstrating the effects on hardened steel.
3D printing affords Marines the unique ability to construct items that are unable for purchase — or even create components that don't yet exist — on the fly.
Check out Department of Defense's video below to see for yourself how these explosive devices go from concept to action.