The first 3D printing unit is being installed on the U.S. Navy's nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Built by the new Newport News Shipbuilding department and Navy in Huntington's industrial company, the 3D Print prototype pipeline assembly will be installed at the beginning of next year on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) ' Truman ' and will carry out a 12-month run test. The Navy is particularly interested in the potential of 3D printing because it accelerates component design at a lower cost and simplifies components without the need for multiple casting or assembly. In addition, the missing parts can be manufactured at sea using a 3D printer without the need to carry large quantities of spare parts.
By simply receiving digital files, the command can provide a new component to the ship without the need for transport work.
Charles Southall, vice president of Engineering and Design at Newport News, Charles Sotter that print printing is no less than the 20th century century when ship design and construction took a revolutionary turn from riveting to welding, and considered it potentially revolutionary. The process for new components involves depositing metal powders, which are then sintered by precisely focused laser beams, allowing the items to accumulate over the layers.
This technology was approved by the Naval Maritime Systems Command (NAVSEA) for the manufacture of prototype valves and other components. ' This is a watershed in our digital transformation and an important step forward for naval and marine Engineering, ' Southall said. ' We are committed to working with the Navy to improve and advance the way we design and build quality ships for the Navy.
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