Wow, we have a 3D printed metal part on a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier

Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding has announced the delivery of the first 3D printed metal part to be installed on a nuclear-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. The 3D printed part signifies a major milestone for the adoption of additive manufacturing in the production of warship parts.

Don Hamadyk, Newport News Shipbuilding’s director of R&D, presents the 3D printed part to Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, Naval Sea Systems Command’s chief engineer and deputy commander for ship design, integration, and naval engineering (Photo: Matt Hildreth | HII)

The part in question, a 3D printed piping assembly, was presented at a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk and will soon be installed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Following installation, the part will be monitored and evaluated over a one-year period.