For a while now these guys have been playing with something called Tier 1 Expeditionary (T1X) desktop polymers system. It’s an additive manufacturing (AM) piece of tech, as they call it, that can be deployed “in contested logistics environments” and make equipment and parts on-demand from polymers.
The Marines describe the T1X as “the first deployable AM system in support of naval aviation,” and for now it can reproduce 126 parts from the repository hosted on a Department of Defence website. We’re not told exactly what those parts are, but we do know they include job aids, and might also include parts for helicopters, as the commanding officer for Marine Aircraft Group 39, Col. Nathan Marvel, hints.
"As the AH-1Z and UH-1Y type/model/series lead, I see immense potential with additive manufacturing for these H-1 platforms," the official said in a statement. “I intend to be very active ensuring AM further develops for these H-1 platforms."
At the time of writing, its unclear if and when the T1X will see action away from home.