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By A.J. Roan
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Navy adds first metal 3D printer to Bataan

Embarks on journey to make AM tech seaworthy, self-sufficient Metal Tech News – November 9, 2022


Last updated 11/8/2022 at 1:36pm

The USS Bataan is the first aircraft carrier to install a metal 3D printer.

U.S. Navy

With a crew of more than 2,500 sailors and marines when fully embarked, it is the fifth ship of the Navy's Wasp-class ships. With a metal 3D printer on board, maintenance and parts replacement could potentially extend life at sea.

Advancing efforts to become truly self-sufficient at sea, the United States Navy recently announced the installation of the first metal 3D printer aboard the USS Bataan.

Installed under a joint effort between Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, and Navel Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Technology Office, the newest printer includes a Phillips Additive Hybrid system, which integrates a Meltio3...

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