Norfolk Shipyard Explores Ways to Innovate Naval 3D Printing

Jeff Brody

Norfolk Naval Shipyard's Technology and Innovation Laboratory is studying the use of 3D printing in naval operations. The T&Y Lab works with other additive manufacturing teams within the shipyard to experiment the use of resin, carbon fiber and other raw materials for 3D printing, Naval Sea Systems Command said Friday.

“We’ve been working with members of our workforce, as well as folks from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the other public shipyards and other Warfare Centers to share ideas and really explore what these printers are capable of from a naval standpoint,” said Jessica Roberts, additive manufacturing subcommittee lead at NNSY.

The team seeks to identify more ways to apply additive manufacturing in support of deployed sailors. The laboratory also engages with and trains other personnel from the yard to use 3D printing technology. This engagement allows more people to learn about additive manufacturing pitch in ideas.

“I was able to train with the team here and gain a new skillset in the process, something I could use to help bring ideas of how to innovate the shipyard to life,” said Shop 57 Apprentice Kristopher McKenzie who the T&Y Lab taught about 3D printing over a few weeks.

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