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Naval Group And Centrale Nantes Improve Ship Performance With 3D Printing Technology

Apr 18, 2019

3D printers bring a lot of convenience to our lives, whether in education, industry, medical or construction. Recently, Naval Group and Centrale Nantes have developed a project to improve the 

performance of ships, making full use of 3D printing digital manufacturing to improve ship performance.


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It is understood that the main purpose of launching the project is to demonstrate the advantages of advanced materials and find new solutions for shipbuilding. The partners used a 3D printer to print relatively large parts, such as 6-meter and 300-kilogram propellers, which were not possible with traditional manufacturing techniques. They first used WAAM technology or Wire Arc technology for 3D printing, 3D printed stainless steel one-third scale hollow blade demonstrator. The robotic welding arm uses an arc plasma beam on the wire material to make a 3D object. It is also possible to print on existing surfaces using this 3D printing technique. The printing process is less than one hundred hours. 3D printing technology is increasingly used in the shipbuilding industry. In particular, we can see the increasing use of metal 3D printing in naval engineering, aerospace or aerospace.


In the past few years, we have seen an increasing demand for 3D printers, and 3D printer manufacturers are constantly updating and releasing more and more machines capable of printing larger capacities. The use of such large 3D printers is particularly evident in the construction sector, where architectural-scale 3D printing provides vitality for outstanding architectural projects, and even some structures can be printed directly in one part using an impressive printer with a robotic arm. 3D printing technology is still evolving rapidly, and all its advantages are now visible in different areas. It optimizes the way we build houses or boats, and it also improves the product itself. The future of 3D printing technology seems to be constantly innovating and constantly changing every day. The ground is depended on by people.