US Navy requests $23 million funding for 3D printing technology

James F. Geurts, left, greets Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer before formally swearing in as assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development, and acquisition (RD&A) at the Pentagon in Washington. Photo via Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Navy

There’s no doubt that the US Navy sees 3D printing technology as a valuable asset. The US armed forces branch has in fact already adopted the technology on multiple occasions.

The force recently made the fact even clearer by requesting $23 million in funding for its 2020 3D printing efforts.

The funds would go toward developing appropriate certification for 3D printed parts, potentially creating a database that groups all the objects together.

“The idea is, we have this 30-year shipbuilding plan, that’s only as good as our ability to repair and modernize those ships once we build them,” explained James “Hondo” Guerts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development and Acquisition, “So what we’d like to do is create the companion plan that takes the shipbuilding plan and what we have in inventory, then forecast and plan for all the repair and modernizations that we’ll have to do.”

The request acts as a further demonstration of how the US armed forces are heavily invested in 3D printing.



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