Officials at Robins AFB, Ga., have opened an off-site lab outfitted with 3-D printers which are being used to make obsolete metal aircraft parts needed to keep an aging fleet operating. The Air Force Advanced Technology and Training Center, located in a former Publix grocery store in the city of Warner Robins, will allow engineers to use additive manufacturing to save time and money over existing methods, reported the Telegraph. “Much of the work that has been done on the base has been done in the same method for years and years,” said Maj. Ben Steffens. “This equipment, this technology, this material that we are dealing with here is cutting edge and will bring us to the next level as far as keeping our schedule down, keeping our cost low,” he said.
Housing the facility off base will make it easier for the installation to attract young engineers to start careers at Robins. Officials can bring in high school and college students for tours and offer them internships. A second reason for the lab’s location is the base does not have space for a new building with parking.
Telegraph photo by Beau Cabell