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Dutch entrepreneurs 3D print a 20-feet submarine for military and oil platform applications – 3ders.org (blog)

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Feb 8, 2016 | By Alec

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It is only effortless that sizeabler 3D printing equipment and ongoing material innovations can lead to additional outrageous and surprising 3D printing projects, but we nat any time in fact imagined that the latest project by 3D printing tremendous Jasper Menger may be possible. The Dutch innovator, who announced his Robot-Arm 3D Printer in March of 2015, not long ago joined forces with entrepreneur Filip Jonker to turn it into a 20-feet plastic submarine that can carry up to two folks. But turn it intoment is yet underway, they see it as a ideal military tool and for use at oil drilling platforms.
As you can recall, the quite astounding Robot-Arm 3D Printer initially saw the light of day at the Rapidpro convention in the Netherlands in March 2015. Developed by Jasper Menger, it’s a truly massive robotic arm contraption with a high high end extrusion system attached to the end of it. Last year, it had a maximum turn it into platform of 8 x 3 x 2 meters and, thanks to its excellent software and robotic movement configuration, was capable of realizing consistent high end in quite harsh patterns. But the minimum layer dimensions was only 1 millimeter, the high end was reportedly approximately comparable to that of injection-molded fiberglass/PP products. Thanks to this machine, Menger’s star has been rising. “If a fewone require to 3D print a thing sizeable with a robot construction, they all end up with me. Google points straight to me,” he not long ago said.

Jasper Menger.
Last year, it was may already clear that Menger was envisioning a few truly new applications for his 3D printing device, and he has unquestionably discovered that in this collaboration with Filip Jonker. But the robotic arm 3D printing device had may already been utilized for 3D printing works of art, furniture and factory floor components, nothing compares to an actual submarine. Jonker’s company Ortega Submersibles is focvia on the turn it intoment of inexpensive
submersible vehicles for one or two divers that can, for instance, be utilized for reconnaissance or repairs. A low cost innovation that can easily prototype vehicles of up to a few meters in dimensions is therefore obviously a ideal tool.
The team is already envisioning a six-meter long vehicle (or of 20 feet), that can be turn it intod of 0.9 millimeter layers of a glass-fiber polypropylene composite filament. That’s obviously astounding in its own right, but the real question is: can it endure the pressure when submerged? Well, they believe it may in fact be submerged a few meters, but the layer bonds (the weakest part of any print) can be too weak to go any deeper. But, Jonker is all of material exploration – having previously crossed the North Sea in a cardboard boat to demonstrate the material’s durability.

The Robot-Arm 3D printing device working on another project.
And Jonker feels that the time is just right for tiny underwater vehicles that can reach high speeds – ideal for the military, but in addition for different types of applications in harbors and at oil drilling platforms. “A submarine. Why not?” Menger said of the project. Whilst the initially in the world, he argues that it fits into a 3D printing trend. “They’re working on a 3D printed car in the US, on a home in China, and we are turn it intoing a 3D printed ship.” But regardless of whether or not a 3D printed submarine can be utilized underwater, it many likely nat any time well. Jonker said he primarily chose 3D printing for its effortless and swift prototyping power, and the ability to alter creations halfway through the turn it intoing system. A 3D printed prototype is therefore expected to be followed by a mold for high production volumes.
But, turn it intoment is proceeding at a high pace. Menger has estimated that it takes of 50 hours to 3D print a 20-feet long ship, just via a CAD drawing as any other 3D printing device. Leaving the machine running over night, the initially iteration is may already finished. To print, his Robot-Arm 3D Printer uses granules of carbon fiber-filled PP, that require to be replenished equite couple of hours for projects of this scale. The finished results yet have a characteristic grainy surface with visible layers, but should appear smooth after sanding. “Of course the hull is waterproof,” Menger says.

What’s additional, this project is part of a sizeabler, ambitious plan to manufacture 3D printing additional significant for the Dutch producing sector. The 3D printing device itself is houtilized in the Merwe-Vierhavensgebied of Rotterdam, an old factory compound with lots of empty turn it intoings. But the SuGu-club, that houses the 3D printing device and is envisioning a factory of the next, sees a lot of future in next-gen 3D printing. “Just imagine what this may do for the maritime industry. They’re yet via a lot of steel right now, but here we are constructing a thing of carbon fiber. In the near next, we can in fact use sustainable carbon fiber,” argues Guus Balkema, who set up the factory.
Should this concept be a good results, a whole hall filled with 3D printing equipment buzzing constantly is not far off, he says. “Innovations turn it into jobs, you understand. Robots are frequently accutilized of hurting the job market, but this is the new producing industry. Those robots require to be maintained, watched and created. The nearby Delfshaven neighborhood has high levels of unemployment. With these 3D printing innovations, we are attempting to turn that around.”

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Isaname wrote at 2/8/2016 4:19:47 PM:
This is definitely crazy

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