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Researchers converted their three-finger soft manipulator to a two-finger version, seen here performing a pinch grasp on an extremely delicate sea cucumber. (Credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute)

A Soft Solution to a Hard Underwater Problem

the status quo and never challenged,” said Wyss Institute Founding Director Donald Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., who is also the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at HMS and the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as Professor of Bioengineering at SEAS. “3D printing and soft robotics technologies are now allowing the processes of design and iteration to happen on-site rather than in the lab, making it faster, easier, and cheaper to create solutions to existing problems.”Additional authors of the paper include Kaitlyn Becker and Mortiz Graule from the

Figure 1: The Riptide Family of Compact UUVs (Photo: Riptide)

Taking UUVs Faster, Further & Deeper

(shown in Figure 3, on page 44), the initial design was determined to well exceed the threshold depth rating, which was then increased to 300 meters for the standard vehicle while maintaining an adequate factor of safety.Riptide utilized the latest methods of rapid manufacturing heavily relying on 3D printing or additive manufacturing in its early production deliveries. Riptide has recently procured injection resin molds for all 3D printed parts for the micro-UUV under a manufacturing grant from Massachusetts, but maintain the ability to 3D print any component for design flexibility. Under a DARPA

The William B Morgan Large Cavitation Channel (LCC) is a large variable-pressure closed-loop water tunnel that has been operated by the U.S. Navy in Memphis since 1991. This facility is well designed for a wide variety of hydrodynamic and hydroacoustic tests. Its overall size and capabilities allow test-model Reynolds numbers to approach, or even achieve, those of full-scale air- or water-borne transportation systems. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy Tests Scale Models in Big Facilities

test parameters,” said Foster.The test objects are suspended in a 10 x 10 by 43 ft. long chamber. The chamber can be drained and opened to gain access to the test object, which can be changed to test difference shapes and configurations. “We can create different control surfaces through 3D printing,” said Brown.Right now the LCC is being used to characterize the performance of the propulsor for the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine, the replacement for the Ohio-class submarines. “We built a scale model of the entire submarine and propulsor to measure everything from


Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize Field Pared to 9

test.   Big Prize, Big Picture “We are looking to pull in exponential technology shifts into the marine realm,” said Dr. Virmani. “There are huge shifts in technology that we’re seeing in other areas that we want to bring into the marine realm,” such as the use of 3D printing to effectively cut costs, and the use of drone technology to make operations more cost effective.   “I am very excited at what is coming out of this so far, and I think you will see some technologies emerge that truly revolutionize the way in which we access the deep sea and map the

The PicSea concept is designed to open subsea robotics tech to new generations of users. (Image: PicSea)

PicSea: A New Concept for Ocean Autonomy

innovative start-ups taking advantage of the latest trends in miniaturization and the relatively low-cost entry into the market. “If I were trying to do this five years ago, it would have been a lot more difficult, and that is probably why more start-ups are entering our market now. There is 3D printing, satellite technology, battery technology and miniaturization on these elements that means in the short-term future it’s going to be much easier to collect ocean data and to mass produce affordable underwater robots to complete all sorts of complex tasks. It’ll be very disruptive to

The ability to produce metal parts in a 3D printing process anywhere holds great promise for the maritime sector. The picture shows a 3D-printed aluminum replica of a mooring chain testing bed at the DNV GL lab in Bergen (Image: DNV GL)

DNV GL: First Class Guideline for Additive Manufacturing

materials from which they are created have the same level of quality assurance as traditionally manufactured products.    Additive manufacturing is a catch-all term for industrial processes that create three dimensional objects by adding layers of material. It includes such technologies as 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping (RP), Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), layered manufacturing and additive fabrication.   “We have been investigating the potential of 3D printing for the maritime and oil & gas sectors since 2014,” said Marit Norheim, Vice President, Material Specialist

Six micro-UUVs ready for delivery (Photo: Riptide)

UUV Manufacturer Aims Big by Going Small

well as support for the MOOS-IvP robot control engine. Future releases are planned to include support for ROS (the Robot Operating System) and streamlined user interfaces.   In addition to embracing current software development trends the micro-UUV has been developed using a large quantity of 3D printing. This has enabled affordable and quick evaluation of numerous design considerations. This rapid manufacturing capability has also enabled Riptide to quickly field production vehicles. This approach is not just for engineering models. It is delivering product capable of withstanding the pressures

Autonomous vessels provide the key to the future safe conduct of naval operations in hostile and hazardous environments. (Photo: Thales Group)

Tomorrow’s Defense: Unmanned Vehicles Enter the Naval Arena

Naval Staff, added, “Unmanned Warrior clearly demonstrated the Royal Navy’s ambition to lead and win through technological innovation. Unmanned maritime systems will change how we operate, but they’re just the start. Our pursuit of new technologies and ideas – from big data to 3D-printing – will ensure we remain one of the most capable and successful navies in the world.”   Delivering Maritime Capability When the Unmanned Warrior program was completed in line with the U.K. government’s Strategic Defense and Security Review direction on innovation and defense

Well Cap Clamp. Photo: 3D at Depth

World's First Fabrication of Subsea Well Part Using LiDAR Data and 3D Printing

and 3D at Depth, a global provider of advanced subsea LiDAR systems and solutions, announce the world's first application of subsea LiDAR data used to 3D Print an accurate 1:1 physical model of a damaged well part.    The ability to use accurate spatial data in subsea part fabrication with 3D printing, introduces a wide range of possibilities to reduce costs across intervention planning and Life of Field programs.    The subsea part fabrication was part of a larger project conducted in early 2016, using 3D at Depth's subsea LiDAR SL 2 technology and point cloud software.  

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Renishaw Opens Office in Taiwan

well as its full range of industrial metrology products, including probe sensors for CMMs and CNC machine tools, calibration systems, position encoders, flexible gauging systems and Raman spectroscopy products, Renishaw is also actively promoting and sharing its advanced metal additive manufacturing (3D printing) technology in Taiwan.   The official opening ceremony was performed by Lai, together with Jean-Marc Meffre, Managing Director of Renishaw Far East; George Norris, Acting Deputy Representative of the British Office Taipei; Mi-Ching Tsai, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Science & Technology

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When It Comes to Inspiring Innovation, 'X' Marks the Spot

.   As technology gets faster, cheaper and smaller, a single individual can have access to things today that only the biggest governments had access to in the past. We are seeing exponential advances in sensor technologies, artificial intelligence, robotics, synthetic biology, virtual reality, 3D printing to name a few. Collectively, we are poised to be able to address some of the greatest challenges we face through these advances in technology. In keeping with innovations in other fields, marine technology has also been evolving rapidly and will continue to do so as more of these exponential technologi

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller, is briefed on the Advanced Capability Extended Range Mortar (ACERM) during an Office of Naval Research (ONR) awareness day. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Big Data, 3D Printing and Robots

by the CMC include new capabilities in three-dimensional printing—everything from manufacturing difficult-to-find replacement parts for weapons or vehicles, all the way up to creating shelter for Marines in theater, rather than having to find and secure existing facilities. The possibilities for 3D printing that ONR is looking into could also serve to lighten the load for both the individual Marine as well as Marine platforms, a longstanding priority for ONR and the USMC.   And robotic devices and unmanned systems, Neller said, could perform duties that will help reduce risk for Marines on

Image: Axis Prototypes

3D Printed Prototypes for Kraken

Axis Prototypes helped shortened the product development cycle for a marine technology company Kraken Sonar Inc.   3D printing technology or additive manufacturing (AM) gives manufacturers the ability to churn our prototypes of with simple to complex geometries quickly and cost-effectively. Axis Prototypes, a 3d printing company based in Montreal, recently demonstrated these benefits when a marine technology company needed parts under a tight deadline.   Kraken Sonar Inc. is a rapidly growing marine technology company that designs, develops and markets advanced sonar and acoustic velocity

3.5m AutoNaut on deployment off the South Devon Coast.

Meet the AutoNaut

. We are always completing research and feasibility studies on the new technologies and materials available to us. Our hulls are a composite of Glass and Kevlar Fibers giving us excellent impact and structural strength; almost literally bullet proof! We have used SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) 3D printing to create intricate parts quickly and to extremely high tolerance which have been used in the production vessels to great effect. Putting electronics in saline environments has proved tricky, and we have had to design sub-sea housings to encase electronic components and assemblies to &lsquo

 A 3D printed model of the HMS Erebus as it now sits on the ocean floor.

Canadian Government Unveils 3D Model of HMS Erebus

Royal Canadian Navy’s Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic as they prepare for their April dive operations into the wreck as part of Operation Nunalivut 2015.    “It’s an honor to see Canadian software used to map this significant and historical shipwreck, and the added element of 3D printing provides an innovative means of transforming a scientific dataset into a product that a much broader audience can directly appreciate,” said Dr. Salem Masry CEO and President of CARIS.   The model of HMS Erebus will also be on display at the Ocean Business conference in Southampton

HYPACK Holds Hydrographic Training Event

for viewing and         control of HYPACK SURVEY on a tablet, and updated DREDGEPACK interface for cranes. Attendees will get first-hand knowledge and training on all the new updates and improvements this version has to offer. There will also be a demonstration of 3D printing and Google Glass during the event. Sessions The HYPACK USA Training Event is designed to be a low-cost method to receive comprehensive instruction in HYPACK, DREDGEPACK and HYSWEEP software. This training is targeted as a general training session for those who are just beginning to use HYPACK

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Nanotechnology & Big Data: New Review

, security and traceability. Engineered smart materials: The development of new engineering materials and manufacturing techniques, using lighter, stronger materials with designer properties could see, for example, ships being glued together from lightweight composites. Parallel developments in 3D printing will also enable printing of metals. Energy storage: Small compact batteries with massive storage capacity combined with the ability to harvest energy from their environment could deliver profoundly different transportation systems or enable white goods to be powered for life at point of

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