US Navy Approves First 3D-Printed Metal Component for OnBoard an Aircraft Carrier

Published by , October 16, 2018 1:25 pm

(3Ders.org) The US Navy has approved the first 3D printed metal component to be used onboard an aircraft carrier. Huntington Ingalls Industries, which builds Navy aircraft carriers, proposed the prototype to be installed on a US Navy ship for test and evaluation.
“This install marks a significant advancement in the Navy’s ability to make parts on demand and combine NAVSEA’s strategic goal of on-time delivery of ships and submarines while maintaining a culture of affordability,” said Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, NAVSEA chief engineer and deputy commander for ship design, integration, and naval engineering. “By targeting CVN-75 [USS Harry S. Truman], this allows us to get test results faster, so—if successful—we can identify additional uses of additive manufacturing for the fleet.”

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