Navy sailors take troubleshooting to new heights with 3D printing

By the Virginian-Pilot

Jul 01, 2016

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The USS Harry S. Truman had only been out to sea for a few weeks when a small group of sailors solved one of the most frustrating problems aboard the aircraft carrier.

The plastic housing in handheld radio headset adapters were constantly breaking. The only way to replace them was to order a whole new $617 adapter, which would have to be flown to the ship.

Armed with a 3-D printer and just a few days of training on it, the ship's maintenance department decided to design and print their own solution. The sailors created a small plastic piece that holds the cracked adapter to the radio by a recessed hole for its antenna.

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