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3D printing may be the future in Navy warship construction

3D printing may be the future in Navy warship construction

Written by David

December 26, 2018

The final piece of the underwater hull of the future aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy is lowered into place at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding on Sept. 28. The JFK is the second Gerald R. Ford-class flattop and the second aircraft carrier to be named after the 35th president. The 1,096-foot hull is longer than three football fields and more than 3,000 shipbuilders and 2,000 suppliers from across the country are supporting construction of the ship. (Huntington Ingalls Industries by John Whalen/Navy) NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — An arm passes across a plate in the big machine, depositing powdered metal before a laser fuses it all together. Hour by hour, and layer by painstaking layer, the machine, a 3D metal printer built by 3D Systems , hums away. “This build has over a thousand layers so it’s just slowly making its way through,” Dan Hebert, an engineer at Newport […]


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