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Southeast Regional Maintenance Center Mobile Fab Lab
By DON Innovation - April 10, 2017
Southeast Regional Maintenance Center's Mobile Fabrication Laboratory, or Fab Lab, provides a place for Sailors and Civilian personnel to improve their capabilities by exposing them to and training them on newer technology. It also allows Sailors and Civilians to be able to convert their innovative ideas into designs and rapid prototypes that could be certified for wider fleet use.

The SERMC Mobile Fabrication Laboratory, or Fab Lab, is a 272 square foot pull trailer located in Mayport, FL. It was developed in 2016 as a result of the successful prototype of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) in Norfolk, Va. Innovation Lab, which was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. (DARPA) in 2015 through the MENTOR2 program. It is manned and classes are taught by Sailors.

Successes:
- Built and implemented a training program.
- Implemented a successful curriculum.
- Students designed, prototyped and printed 32 custom Fab Lab holding fixtures, impacting the Fab Labs ability to safely and quickly move with minimal storage or safety concerns.
- Reverse engineered emergency “stop” button for the ammunitions elevator.
- Reverse engineered a toggle switch protective guard for switch boards.
- Reverse engineered an electrical panel potentiometer knob.
- Designed, prototyped and manufactured Foreign Material Exclusion (F.M.E.) covers for valves, piping and flex hoses.

Refer to the infographic at right for more information.

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Southeast Regional Maintenance Center's Mobile Fabrication Laboratory infographic
Southeast Regional Maintenance Center's Mobile Fabrication Laboratory infographic
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