With its help, the ship’s crew will, if necessary, produce spare parts directly on the high seas.
Given that the ship sails for up to two weeks as part of regular exercises, and even longer on long voyages, such an opportunity could be very rewarding.
The USS Essex’s 3D printing system is known to be one of the fastest in the industry. The maximum piece size that the equipment can handle is 25 x 25 cm.
The material is aluminum. From it fuel adapters, radiators, air bleed valves, valve caps, etc. It will be possible to print.