Staff Sgt. Christopher Ritter, 513th Maintenance Squadron Section Chief, and Staff Sgt. Michael Wright, 552nd Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Metals Technology, discuss the differences 3-D printing bring to the AWACS fabrications shop. The damaged part has a two-year backlog for replacement parts and requires riveted reinforcement, while the printed part has reinforcements belt in and can be printed in a single day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Stephens)

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