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Blowing a Lid: The Saga of the $10,000 Air Force Toilet Seat Covers

3D Printing Industry writes of a bizarre scandal which recently cropped up concerning the budget for Air Force toilet seats.

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, in a recent letter, “demanded justification for the U.S. Department of Defense’s DoD expenditure on $10,000 military aircraft toilet seat covers.”  As Grassley put it: “the Air Force has been paying such an outrageous price for toilet seat lids over a long period of time without notice or question makes me wonder whether the DOD Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is asleep at the switch.”

Thankfully, Air Force officials have now “announced it will now pay $300 to produce the part thanks to 3D printing.”  Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Dr. Will Roper explains the years-long debacle: “you’ll think, there’s no way it costs that.  It doesn’t, but you’re asking a company to produce it and they’re producing something else.  And for them to produce this part for us, they have to quit what they’re making now.  They’re losing revenue and profit.”

“The manufacturer of the C-5 cargo aircraft toilet seat covers stopped production in 2001, resulting in an increased overall cost for the parts.”  Now, however, Roper will be utilizing the Air Force’s 3D printing resources such as The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

Miraculously, the cost for these nefarious toilet seat lids will go down and the Air Force will once again be flush with cash.

Image and Quotes Courtesy of 3D Printing Industry

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