Naval Sustainment System

H-53 Rotor Blades

Additive Manufacturing Supply Solution for H-53 Rotor Blades

In what is believed to be the first time polymer additive manufacturing has been used to produce a flight-critical repair solution for navy aircraft, Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) engineers recently utilized 3-D printers to produce replacement blade inspection method (BiM) vents for the main rotor blades of the CH-53E Super Stallion.

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Engineer supervises the creation of a 3-D printed model

3-D Printing Brings Savings, Capability to UAS

Avionics' component size, weight and power needs are typical watch items for any aircraft, but make the requirements even smaller for unmanned systems, and the associated challenges become a priority worthy of a small business solution.

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3-D printed dorsal assembly rib

Additive manufacturing Keep T-6Bx Flying

"With additive manufacturing (AM), the fleet can now get the parts in a matter of hours in addition to having an additional source of production," said Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Assistant Chief of Staff for Aircraft Readiness Capt. Thomas Gibbons. "Establishing this capability locally could also potentially save us effort and cost." CNATRA decided to replace the aircraft's ribs after a series of regularly scheduled inspections of the T-6B.

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Printing a 3-D model aboard USS Wasp

Marines Use 3-D Printing to Access Replacement Parts Quickly

"While afloat, our motto is, 'Fix it forward,'" said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Rodriguez, CLB-31's maintenance officer. "3-D printing is a great tool to make that happen. CLB-31 can now bring that capability to bear exactly where it's needed most--on a forward-deployed MEU." Additive manufacturing uses 3-D printing software to break down a digital model into layers that can be reproduced by the printer, which then builds the model from the ground up, layer by layer, creating a tangible object.

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Newly installed 3-D printer at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast

FRCSE Doubles Down on 3-D Printing

The nozzle danced nimbly about as it dispensed a molten composite mixture behind a clear glass door. Lights flickered in the back of the machine's spacious inner chamber. The sleek, newly installed 3-D printers at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) expand on the burgeoning additive manufacturing capability of the Naval Aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul facility.

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 V-22 nacelle link mid-build in a 3-D printer

Making Additive Standard: 3-D Printing Becoming a Regular Part of Business

Liz McMichael wants to put herself out of business. Less than two years after her team first demonstrated the viability of a 3-D printed aircraft part, McMichael, the additive manufacturing (AM) and digital thread (DT) integrated product team (IPT) lead for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), is ready to begin an enterprisewide integration of the technology.

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