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Gunnery Sgt. Doug McCue, a machinist with the 2nd Maintenance Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, demonstrates the capabilities of a large-build 3-D printer in the X-FAB Facility Aug. 1. The X-FAB, or Expeditionary Fabrication, Facility is a self-contained, transportable additive manufacturing lab comprised of a 20-by-20-foot shelter, 3-D printers, a scanner and computer-aided design software system that can be used to fabricate repair and replacement parts in the field. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Kaitlin Kelly) - Gunnery Sgt. Doug McCue, a machinist with the 2nd Maintenance Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, demonstrates the capabilities of a large-build 3-D printer in the X-FAB Facility Aug. 1. The X-FAB, or Expeditionary Fabrication, Facility is a self-contained, transportable additive manufacturing lab comprised of a 20-by-20-foot shelter, 3-D printers, a scanner and computer-aided design software system that can be used to fabricate repair and replacement parts in the field. The Marine Corps is exploring this expeditionary capability to expedite heavy equipment repairs in deployed environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Kaitlin Kelly)

Brig. Gen Joseph Shrader, commander of Marine Corps Systems Command, looks over the Dry Super Absorbing Fabric, or DrySAF, during the Navy’s Forum for Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Transition May 16. MCSC’s SBIR/STTR program gives small businesses the opportunity to develop innovative advances in technologies to address Marine Corps needs. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Barb Hamby) - Brig. Gen Joseph Shrader, commander of Marine Corps Systems Command, looks over the Dry Super Absorbing Fabric, or DrySAF, during the Navy’s Forum for Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Transition May 16. MCSC’s SBIR/STTR program gives small businesses the opportunity to develop innovative advances in technologies to address Marine Corps needs. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Barb Hamby)

Marine Corps Systems Command and Program Executive Officer Land Systems conduct an Advanced Planning Briefing to Industry (APBI) every two years, and the next event is scheduled to take place April 30 through May 2, 2012, at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Va. The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is the organization managing the Marine Corps acquisition team’s APBI, and more information can be found on their website at http://www.ndia.org/meetings/2900/Pages/default.aspx. Individuals and companies interested in attending and/or displays and exhibits can also contact NDIA’s Brant Murray, bmurray@ndia.org or (703) 247-2572. - Marine Corps Systems Command and Program Executive Officer Land Systems conduct an Advanced Planning Briefing to Industry (APBI) every two years, and the next event is scheduled to take place April 30 through May 2, 2012, at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Va. The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is the organization managing the Marine Corps acquisition team’s APBI, and more information can be found on their website at http://www.ndia.org/meetings/2900/Pages/default.aspx. Individuals and companies interested in attending and/or displays and exhibits can also contact NDIA’s Brant Murray, bmurray@ndia.org or (703) 247-2572.

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