Newport News Shipbuilding to Test 3D Printing in Naval Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls' Newport News Shipbuilding division has partnered with 3D Systems to develop additive manufacturing technologies expected to accelerate the adoption of metal 3-D printing in the naval shipbuilding industry. The joint effort is expected to support future qualification and certification programs necessary to implement 3D printing technology for the U.S. Navy … [Read more...]

World’s First 3D Printed Ship Propeller Receives Class Approval

Dutch shipbuilding group Damen has received class approval for the world's first 3D printed ship propellor. The propeller, known as the WAAMpeller, was verified by international classification society Bureau Veritas following seven months under development by five companies; RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk, Bureau Veritas and Damen. The consortium reached its first milestone … [Read more...]

Dutch Consortium to Develop Class Approved 3D Printed Ship Propeller

Marking a major step forward in the application of 3D printing in the maritime sector, Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards Group has entered a cooperative consortium with the goal of developing the world's first class-approved 3D printed ship propeller. The consortium was established by Damen with Rotterdam-based RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk, and class society Bureau … [Read more...]

US Navy Tests 3D Printed Critical Spares

By Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags (US Navy) 3-D printing works by using digital design data to build components in layers of metal, plastic and other materials. The component used in the V-22 test event – a titanium, 3-D printed link and fitting assembly for the engine nacelle – was printed at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Lakehurst, New Jersey. This link and fitting … [Read more...]

Royal Navy Could Have Unmanned, 3D-Printed Surface Ships by 2030

  By Benjamin Katz (Bloomberg) -- Britain’s navy could be using a fleet of unmanned surface and underwater vessels and small 3D-printed ships within 15 years, according to a report from the former government defense-research laboratory, Qinetiq Group Plc. Three-dimensional printing of craft up to 15-meters (50 feet) long and formed from layers of metal and plastic … [Read more...]