Warships to be equipped with 3D printers in the future?

#1
Bearing in mind that 3D printing involves CAD skills and that the finished products at this time are not structurally consistent due to the way an item is made and the materials it is made from, how feasible do you think this would be? Rather than ships having magazines full of explosive 4.5 rounds, we create the rounds from plastic as and when we need them.

Naval Aircraft Carriers Could Become Floating 3D Printing Factories | Gizmodo UK
 
#4
Bearing in mind that 3D printing involves CAD skills and that the finished products at this time are not structurally consistent due to the way an item is made and the materials it is made from, how feasible do you think this would be? Rather than ships having magazines full of explosive 4.5 rounds, we create the rounds from plastic as and when we need them.

Naval Aircraft Carriers Could Become Floating 3D Printing Factories | Gizmodo UK
The explosive and propellant is safely stored within those heavy metal rounds, which are metal for a reason. Where would you store it otherwise, or do you think you can print RDX and cordite now.

Oh don't drop those printer cartridges, they might ******* go off!


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#5
Now, this 3D printing technology is the bees knees but aren't some people reading a little bit too much into it? What next, print me out a new carrier and a few planes to go on it? It's a printer, not the alchemist's stone and, no, it won't change the material it is printing into some type of high explosive.
 
#7
Who says the round has to contain explosive? Surely there are other ways of propelling objects at a high velocity without needing it to go bang?


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#8
Who says the round has to contain explosive? Surely there are other ways of propelling objects at a high velocity without needing it to go bang?


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Indeed. If a cloth used to clean the heads somehow finds its way into the galley you get a lot of high velocity propulsion that goes splash rather than bang. As I found out.

3-D printers sound marvellous. Think of all the things you could print whenever you need them:-



For you youngsters, the device at the end is a reusable condom. With a 3D printer you could have one each instead of one per mess as in my day.
 
#9
Now, this 3D printing technology is the bees knees but aren't some people reading a little bit too much into it? What next, print me out a new carrier and a few planes to go on it? It's a printer, not the alchemist's stone and, no, it won't change the material it is printing into some type of high explosive.
Quite. It'll still need feedstock in the form of raw materials - the right materials. I'll go further - it's a printer, not a teleporter.

3-D printing is still going to need manufacturing facilities of some description. Where it'll perhaps come into its own is in the shipping of intellectual property, not manufactured goods.

The Chinese* must be shitting themselves.

*Other low-wage economies are available.
 
#12
Surely the whole point of having a 3D printer on board is to make the things that you don't know you're going to need, rather than the things that you know you will.

So I'd imagine that it's for replacing non-consumables that break, rather than making things that you know that you're going to get through during the deployment.
 
#15
If you were at sea for 2 months can you really see the 3D printers been used to make shells???? They will be used to make anatomically correct Jennifer Anistons!
 
#17
With less ships, subs and aircraft, the navy must have spare cash if it's worrying about this :)
 
#18
Quite. It'll still need feedstock in the form of raw materials - the right materials. I'll go further - it's a printer, not a teleporter.

3-D printing is still going to need manufacturing facilities of some description. Where it'll perhaps come into its own is in the shipping of intellectual property, not manufactured goods.

The Chinese* must be shitting themselves.

*Other low-wage economies are available.
Not true.

Bang and Olufsen use it for intellectual property transfer and printing of RD. True
Porsche use it for printing component parts of their cars

BAE have printed a wing.

3D printing is the next industrial revolution - go to an advanced factory and watch someone press Control P... low and behold a piece of equipment.

Of course we are not going beyond 3D printing and into printing integrated circuits...

I do agree that the raw materials need to be stored but where different printers can churn out plastic, glass, titanium,,, the world is changing Grasshopper.
 

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#20
It might be useful for replacing broken plastic things. You don't really think they'll use it for guns and explosives ..... Do you?!
There is also 3D prting in metals using laser sintering, metal dust is melted/welded together in a similar manner.
 

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