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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Air Force No Longer Spending $10,000 on Toilet Seats, Officials Say

After intense scrutiny on parts costs, the U.S. Air Force is 3D printing toilet seat covers for its cargo airlift planes instead of spending $10,000 to replace them.

"We now produce the latrine cover for the C-5 [Galaxy] using 3D printing," service spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told in an email Wednesday. "Using this new process allows us to make parts that are no longer in production and is driving major cost savings."

The news comes after Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, demanded that the Defense Department's Inspector General's office investigate why the service was spending so much to purchase individual seat covers for the planes.

Grassley last month queried the department on the "egregious and wasteful" spending after Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Will Roper told DefenseOne in an interview the service was shelling out thousands of dollars each time to replace broken seat covers instead of using 3D printing for a quick and less expensive fix.



Anonymous said...

The model for the Toilet seat is Hillary Clinton's face!

Anonymous said...

How many rolls of duct tape can the government buy with $10,000?

Answer: maybe one, after ridiculous specifications won't let them buy from Walmart.

Anonymous said...

We've come full circle in a little over 24 years (Gore's reinventing gumberment). Ashtray was $500, hammer $1000...only to see a toilet seat at $10K.

Heads still need to roll!

Anonymous said...

They should be requiring stuff like this to be built to take a standard size seat, even if it's a smaller trailer toilet seat. It is disgusting to me that we can spend 10k on a toilet seat but can't afford additional armor on Humvees. The military industrial complex is robbing us with by designing equipment like this.

Anonymous said...

That toilet seat is worth every penny if that military aircraft ever goes inverted.