Metals technician reflects on how far technology has come with 3D printing

Master Sgt. Michael Howard, aircraft metals technician 911th Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight, uses a computer-aided design program to send a CAD file of an aircraft part file to a 3D printer for production at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, May 10, 2021. The use of 3D printing for prototyping and testing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft parts allows the shop to reduce precious metal material waste and increase productivity by freeing up production machine time. (U.S. Air Force photo byTech Sgt. Richard Kaulfers)

PHOTO BY: Tech. Sgt. Richard Kaulfers
VIRIN: 210510-F-DO473-1078.JPG
FULL SIZE: 3.43 MB
Additional Details

CAMERA

NIKON D810

LENS

N/A

APERTURE

28/10

SHUTTERSPEED

10/250

ISO

320

IMAGE IS PUBLIC DOMAIN

Read More

This photograph is considered public domain and has been cleared for release. If you would like to republish please give the photographer appropriate credit. Further, any commercial or non-commercial use of this photograph or any other DoD image must be made in compliance with guidance found at https://www.dimoc.mil/resources/limitations, which pertains to intellectual property restrictions (e.g., copyright and trademark, including the use of official emblems, insignia, names and slogans), warnings regarding use of images of identifiable personnel, appearance of endorsement, and related matters.