The U.S. Navy plans to use additive manufacturing (AM), often referred to as 3D printing, for a variety of technology enhancements such as self-sustaining ships, bio-printing, and “energetics” (i.e., kinetic weapons), service officials say. To help jump-start future Navy 3D printing programs, about 200 engineers, scientists and acquisition “professionals” met with AM experts April 28-30 at the 2015 Naval Additive Manufacturing Technical Interchange (NAMTI) meeting at ...

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