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URI Students Conquer the Sea: Successfully Print from Resin on the Waves

Written by David

January 29, 2019

Back to top University of Rhode Island ocean engineering students test the viability of resin-printing onboard the Okeanos Explorer research vessel. The team successfully printed watertight research instrument housings comparable to those created on stable ground. Four ocean engineering students from the University of Rhode Island took a Formalbs Form 2 3D printer onboard the Okeanos Explorer — a research vessel operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — for extensive testing at sea. The students believe that by utilizing 3D printing onboard a ship, it’s possible to reproduce mission-critical parts that have been damaged under the turbulent conditions of the ocean and weather, saving the need to make a costly return to port for resupply. Opting for a Form 2 — a stereolithography apparatus (SLA) 3D printer that uses liquid resin as its printing medium — presented a major challenge. For the printer to be useful […]


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