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SAS 2017: 3D printing meets swimmer delivery?

6th April 2017 - 16:00 GMT | by Scott Gourley in Washington, D.C.

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While at first glance, the US Navy's Optionally Manned Technology Demonstrator looks like an elongated Mk VIII SEAL delivery vehicle (SDV), the new tech demonstrator platform is more than just a new underwater delivery system.

The demonstrator platform emerged from the Department of the Navy's Print-a-thon technology programme, which included a 3-D printed model of a submersible vessel, produced by Naval Sea Systems Command Carderock's Disruptive Technology Lab. Based on the success of that effort, plans were developed to 3-D print the navy's first full scale hull form this year.

Carderock representatives displayed the full scale hull form at

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