3D Systems and HII's Newport News to Develop 3D Metal PrintersMay 24, 2018
3D Systems and Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) have announced a collaborative project for the development of metal additive manufacturing technologies to help increase the adoption of 3D printing in the construction of United States Navy warships.The deal will support various future qualification and certification programs required to implement advanced manufacturing technology for the navy. The collaboration forms part of a major technological transformation named Digital Shipbuilding (iDS), currently being carried out by Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of HII.3D Systems and HII will transition their traditional production processes to additive manufacturing under the initiative to increase the production rate of high-accuracy parts while reducing wastes and costs. 3D Systems has delivered and installed the ProX DMP 320 high-performance metal additive manufacturing system at the Newport News shipyard as part of the arrangement.
“3D Systems is pleased to play an integral role in transforming the naval shipbuilding industry,” says Kevin McAlea, 3D Systems Metals and Healthcare executive vice-president and general manager. “The ProX DMP 320 printer system, combined with our team’s expertise in metal 3D printing technology, will bring new, digitally enhanced geometries to Newport News Shipbuilding, enabling higher performing warship components and ultimately more efficient, cost-effective parts delivery to the U.S. Navy.”
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