Fort Leonard Wood showcases new technology

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ST. ROBERT, Mo Fort Leonard Wood showcased some new technology on Wednesday.
The army post unveiled new gadgets that will helping soldiers out in the field.

One machine is a large 3D printer that prints in concrete. Military officials here at Fort Leonard Wood say it will be very versatile once it gets out in the field.

The machine works by itself based off a template used to determine what to build, but operators stand by to make sure the concrete flows smoothly.

The machine can build a fighting position in about two hours, but the first building ever built using 3D printed concrete took almost a day of work.

Soldiers say the use of concrete is important because concrete can be made using materials that they will find almost anywhere that they are stationed, and being able to build structures on site will reduce the waiting time when they really need the building.

"Everything that you seeing built out here today is going to end up in the field regardless, it is just a matter of how it gets there. Do we put it on platforms and ship it all the way out there and ship it for weeks or months to get there. Or do we have a machine on site that can print it right there? So that is essentially the difference." said Sergeant David Allison.

"For soldiers to be able to create what they need, when they need it. If we suddenly have the ability to print the things that are needed on the site, that reduces the amount of logistics and improves the lives of soldiers." said Megan Kreiger, the project manager.

Military officials say Fort Leonard Wood is the only facility currently using this type of machinery.

Another piece of machinery is called the Faro Focus S350. It is a 360 degree scanner that can take away several hours of processing a crime scene and do it in just minutes.

The scanner makes one-million measurements per second and scans out 350 meters.
Once it scans, they can access the 3D scan on their laptop, and even manipulate the screen to get closer looks.

Military officials say they can use the device by putting it on a rover and sending it into unknown areas so that they can plan their entry.
Officials say it will make processing a crime scene much easier in the future.

"We are only depicting evidence that we feel is important at that time. We are focusing on that, we are not including everything at a crime scene. We have some pictures and a 2D sketch, that is all we have to base our investigation off of." said Sergeant John Sutton.

"A juror shows up to court and wants the prosecutor to show them the crime scene, and without getting on a bus and going to the crime scene, or showing them 8.5 by 11 photos, that detective can show in 3D and bring that crime scene to the juror." said Scott Gershowitz, with Faro Technologies.

Currently, 500 public safety organizations like the FBI and CIA use the scanner.