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Navy to Enhance Capability Concept: AM Mini Sonobuoy

Design using FDM and SLS 3D printed parts for Mini Sonobouy that fits in standard MJU-10 expendable sized container.

Design using FDM and SLS 3D printed parts for Mini Sonobouy that fits in standard MJU-10 expendable sized container.

August 18, 2017 | Source: NAVSEA, secnav.navy.mil, Mar 2017, Naval Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE)

Everything you always wanted in a buoy...and less.

The Navy is utilizing additive manufacturing technology to adapt emerging designs in transducer and battery technologies into miniaturized sonobuoy components. Using FDM and SLS technologies, these components will leverage fabrication advantages of high-performance additive manufacturing (AM) processes and materials.  The ability to construct minibuoy containers aboard ships using mature AM capabilities reduces logistics requirements where storage capacity is limited.  A one year transition phase is proposed for the development, testing and integration of the AM version of the internal components and modular container.