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3D Printing at Sea
Liam Tung writes the following for ZDNet:
The US Navy has installed a 3D printer on its Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex to test the viability of the technology when out at sea.
USS Essex is the first ship to evaluate a 3D printer in conditions at sea. …
Components that can be printed on the ship include heat sinks, housings, fuel adapters, bleed air valves, valve covers and more, according to a US Navy news release. …
[T]o protect the ElemX [printer] while at sea, it was installed in an industrial shipping container. The trials so far have looked at establishing operational guidelines and technical feasibility studies to determine applications and use cases.
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