Integration of Shipborne Additively Manufacturing Systems Onto Naval Vessels and the Naval Supply Chain Impacts

Source: by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Darren Newell/released).
Source: by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Darren Newell/released).

Presented: September 20, 2023 12:00 pm
Presented by: Matt Seidel

In 2022, the U.S. Navy installed the first-ever, permanent metal additive manufacturing (AM) machine aboard its vessel.  This technology is projected to be groundbreaking, reducing resupply logistics and diminishing obsolescence. It will provide sailors with industrial-level manufacturing capabilities for virtually any part to be replaced without requiring a resupply operation. This effort aims to maximize operational availability of the Naval vessels and reduce the demand on traditional Naval supply chains. However, getting a metal AM machine that can create almost any replacement part onto an active-duty warship has had its challenges and obstacles.

This webinar presentation will address the following topics:

  • What is the history of metal AM for Navy applications?
  •  What were the steps required to get a metal AM machine on a Navy vessel?
  • What are the challenges and testing requirements for qualifying parts produced by metal AM?
  • What are the two different types of metal AM currently on Navy ships, and what are their capabilities?

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