3D Systems metal additive systems building U.S. Navy warships

3D Systems’ stock price is buoyant today after the
announcement of a naval warship building deal with

Huntington
Ingalls Industries
, the largest military
shipbuilding company in the United States.

The collaboration between Rock Hill, S.C. based 3D
Systems and Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News
Shipbuilding division of Virginia aims to qualify metal
additive manufacturing for use in the construction of naval
warships.

Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) presently holds the only
contract for the design, build and refuel of U.S. Navy aircraft
carriers. As the largest industrial employer in Virginia, NNS
is also a provider of submarines to the U.S. Navy.

Virginia is home to one the country's largest naval bases. Photo by Michael Petch.Virginia is home to one
the country’s largest naval bases. Photo by Michael Petch.

Kevin McAlea, executive vice president, general manager,
metals and healthcare, 3D Systems said, “3D Systems is proud of
our long-standing relationship with the U.S. Navy.

“Through this collaboration with Newport News
Shipbuilding, our 3D printing solution combined with our
team’s expertise in metal 3D printing technology will
redefine the supply chain for naval ship components –
improving efficiencies and lowering total cost of
operation.”

3D printing for nuclear-powered
warships

NNS will be using
3D
Systems ProX DMP 320
metal 3D printing technology in a bid
to shift elements of their manufacturing efforts to additive.
The shipbuilding company has installed one of the sizeable ProX
DMP 320s and is planning to produce “marine-based alloy
replacement parts for castings as well as valves, housings and
brackets – for future nuclear-powered warships.”

The USS Wisconsin BB-64, docked in Norfolk Virginia, is from a different era of warships. Photo by Michael Petch.The USS Wisconsin
BB-64, docked in Norfolk Virginia, is from a different era of
warships. Photo by Michael Petch.

Charles Southall, vice president of engineering and
design, Newport News Shipbuilding said, “Newport News
Shipbuilding is leading the digital transformation to further
revolutionize how shipbuilders build the next generation of
warships.”

“With the inclusion of the ProX DMP 320 into our
manufacturing workflow, this marks the first metal 3D printer
installed at a major U.S. Navy shipyard. With this disruptive
technology, Newport News has the potential to reinvent
shipbuilding.”

The 3D Systems ProX DMP 320. Photo via 3D Systems.The 3D Systems ProX DMP
320. Photo via 3D Systems.

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how the U.S Navy is using 3D printing
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Featured image shows [L-R] Chuck Hull and Kevin McAlea
of 3D Systems and Charles Southall of Newport News
Shipbuilding. Photo via Newport News Shipbuilding.

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