A towable buoy will be manufactured using both direct additive manufacturing methods and indirect AM processes. NSWC Crane will utilize in-house additive manufacturing equipment for this effort. Indirect AM processes will be employed where molds, fixtures, and/or tools are additively manufactured and used to fabricate the end-component faster, cheaper, or in a more novel way than the traditional alternatives. Proving this concept will increase visibility within the Navy on the potential common and novel uses of AM for future warfighter support applications.
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