ORNL & Navy Parter on First 3D-Printed Submarine

Published by , July 25, 2017 2:31 pm

(Energy.gov) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) partnered with the Navy’s Disruptive Technology Lab to create the military’s first 3D-printed submarine hull. The Optionally Manned Technology Demonstrator is inspired by the submersible SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV).
The cost of a traditional SDV hull ranges from $600,000 to $800,000 and typically takes 3-5 months to manufacture. Using Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) reduced hull production costs by 90% and shortened production time to a matter of days.

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