NAVY ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING AFLOAT CAPABILITY ANALYSIS
Ferreira, Daniel J.
Mccauley, Jerome A., II
Trinh, Joseph T.
Zust, Kenneth S.
Van Bossuyt, Douglas
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In 2014, the Department of the Navy (DoN) began installing additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities aboard surface vessels. The DoN is expected to accelerate fleet integration of AM over the next decade. This research aims to help decision makers optimize the deployment of AM resources such as logistics and operational readiness to the Navy’s surface fleet. The research team identified DoN AM equipment and forecast near-term future AM acquisitions. Additive manufacturing systems were analyzed for capabilities, including material options, build volume, operating environment, printed part certification, and quality. The team also identified logistics and support requirements for AM equipment, including feedstock type, spare parts, supportability, maintainability, and usability. The outcome of this project includes a software tool that the Navy can use to facilitate the integration of AM on surface vessels and a systems engineering methodology to maximize AM benefits across the fleet.
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