Last year, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral William Moran said the Navy is facing a “downward readiness spiral” as a result of years of high demand of naval forces and funding cuts. CTC and its project team members will be looking to address this by rapidly developing metal 3D printed components for MRO.
According to the ONR, “Aging Naval platforms are being challenged by dwindling traditional sources of supply. In response to this need, the Naval Warfare Centers, maintenance depots, and FRCs plan to use additive manufacturing to produce small quantities of out-of-production or long lead-time metallic components.”
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