3D printing training adds new dimension to EOD

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  • By William C. Pope
  • 439th Airlift Wing

The Westover Explosive Ordanance Disposal unit held a 3D printing class July 29 through August 2. This week long training was part of the printer purchase that was purchased through the Air Force Reserve Innovation Funds program. Eight students participated including Airman from explosive ordnance and aircraft maintenance.

"The biggest benefit I see out of this new technology we'll be able to make tools that fit our needs", said Staff Sgt. Robert LaFleur, Explosive Ordnance Specialist, 439th Civil Engineer Squadron.

According to Tech. Sgt. Keith Chesney, Metals Technician, 439th Maintenance Squadron, they can build tools to work on aircraft parts and hopefully soon they will be able to build aircraft parts saving the Air Force money.