first published on February 25, 2019 by Josh
If there is one thing that Marines are known for, it’s their ability to break absolutely every single thing that is issued to them by the Department of Defense. If you want to test a new piece of gear to see how it will operate in a field environment, you send it to the United States Army so they can thoroughly test it. If you want to see how durable a piece of equipment is in a field environment, you send it to the United States Marines so they can try to break it.
As a side effect of their natural ability to break things, U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Ryan McCormic from 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines has turned his attention towards the process of 3D printing. He believes that 3D printing will give the Marines the ability to replace frequently broken pieces of equipment quickly, and with a reduced cost compared to the logistical demands of ordering a new piece in the field. In the interview you are about to view, 1st Lt. McCormic displays some of the pieces he has already 3D printed and used in a field environment during his tenure as the the motor transport officer for 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines. He also discusses at length why he believes that 3D printing is the way forward for the Marines.
If correct, McCormic’s innovations could very well change the way that the United States Marine Corps conducts business in a field environment. Broken or lost equipment could easily be replaced within hours by a team of Marines using 3D printing hardware with pre-built equipment schematics, making the Marines a more capable and formidable forward fighting force with less logistical demands.