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U.S. Navy Installs First 3D-Printed Metal Part Aboard a Warship

Written by Paul

October 24, 2018

Display at the unveiling of Newport News’ new 3D metal printer, May 2018 (HII) The U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has approved the first metal part created by 3-D printing for shipboard installation. A prototype, 3-D printed-metal drain strainer orifice for a steam line will be installed on the carrier USS Harry S. Truman for a one-year test and evaluation trial. The DSO assembly is a steam system component that allows the drainage of water from a steam line while in use. Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) proposed installing the prototype on an aircraft carrier 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’s chief engineer. “By targeting [USS Harry […]

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