Repurposed Technology Could Help Protect Soldiers

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Source: U.S. Army photo by Ellie White
Source: U.S. Army photo by Ellie White

December 10, 2023 | Originally published by U.S. Army on November 17, 2023

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — An unlikely fusion of ink, ingenuity, and integrated teamwork is applying an existing technology to the challenge of sampling and detecting explosives.

At the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center, a team of engineers has adapted inkjet printing technology to deposit trace amounts of explosive materials onto surfaces that can be used to test sampling and detection methods.

Since 2010, DEVCOM CBC’s electronics engineers, Raphael Moon and Norman Green, have been working on developing the unique capability by using a commercial off-the-shelf printer that deposits explosive materials on a multitude of surfaces accurately, evenly, and reproducibly.

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