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Australia turns to 3D printing to maintain its submarine fleet

Australia turns to 3D printing to maintain its submarine fleet

Written by David

June 3, 2020

3D printing is set to go to sea in the form of an additive manufacturing technique for repairing submarines.

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Being developed by Australia’s dedicated submarine sustainment organization, ASC, in partnership with the CSIRO and DMTC Limited, the cold spray printing technology is intended to repair the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Collins Class submarines in situ.

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If you look at the size of any country’s navy, the numbers can be quite deceptive. What looks like a large fleet on paper may be much smaller because only a fraction of the fleet may be active at any one time. For submarines, only one in four may be actually on duty, with the other three being in transit, under repairs, or used in training. To keep the RAN up to strength, ASC is looking to 3D printing […]

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