There is now a “project plan” for building an additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, technology and workforce education center on Guam, the governor’s office announced.

3D printing technology could allow the military to more easily get needed parts while deployed or in remote areas.

The Applied Science and Technology Research Organization of America, or ASTRO America, joined Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Scott Pappano, program executive officer for Strategic Submarines, at a joint meeting last week where they announced a project plan for building the 3D printing technology and workforce education center on Guam, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

This project is the culmination of efforts, spearheaded by the governor over two years ago, to bring 3D printing to Guam in order to diversify and expand the island’s economy.

“I am pleased to join Rear Admiral Pappano in developing this project plan, informed by the input of public and private entities across the island of Guam,’ the governor said in a statement. “This plan will create new job opportunities for Guam while contributing to America’s national security interests. It’s a win-win.”

The governor commissioned a study by ASTRO America, a manufacturing policy think-tank, to evaluate the feasibility of bringing such technology to Guam.

A strong advocate for modernizing submarine production and addressing material readiness challenges through advanced technology, Pappano and his team became natural partners, especially as they implement and scale innovative solutions to modernize America’s submarine industrial base.

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