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US Navy 3D Prints Submersible

The Verge reports on a brand-new concept submersible the US Navy just recently 3D printed: “the US Navy has partnered with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop a proof-of-concept submersible that was printed in under four weeks.”

This submersible was “developed by a team from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Carderock Division’s Disruptive Technology Laboratory (DTL), and comes with the…Optionally Manned Technology Demonstrator, which is based on a submersible currently used by Navy SEALs.”

The submersible was brought into the world with the help of “a massive industrial 3D printer called Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) [which manufactured] six carbon fiber sections, which were then assembled into the 30-foot-long vehicle.”

“The team was given four weeks to develop the hull, spending the first week designing it, and began printing the components a week later.  It’s now the Navy’s largest 3D printed asset…according to the Department of Energy, a traditional hull ‘ranges from $600,000 to $800,000 and typically takes 3-5 months to manufacture,’ while this [3D printed] version was 90 percent cheaper and produced within ‘a matter of days.’”

For now, this submersible is merely proof-of-concept.  Regardless, the team did earn the NAVSEA Commanders Award for Innovation for their success, “and are now planning on printing up a second, watertight version of the sub that will undergo practical water testing, with ‘fleet-capable prototypes,’ [which] could potentially be introduced for use as early as 2019.”

Video, Image, and Quotes Courtesy of the US Navy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and The Verge

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