NAVSEA enhances USS Bataan readiness with new 3D printing capability

The crew of the USS Bataan (LHD 5) has recently completed the first metal 3D part fabrication and replacement for a de-ballast air compressor (DBAC) in only five days utilising a permanently installed metal 3D printer, with the help of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

A sprayer plate is a component of a DBAC, which is used to drive pressurised air through saltwater tanks to release the salt water that has been collected.

The tanks are filled in order to reduce a ship’s draught during amphibious operations. Producing the sprayer plate while at sea allowed the ship to reduce the time it took to get a new unit.

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