Xerox Elem Additive and the US Navy deploy the first metal 3D printer at sea


Xerox® Elem(TM) Additive Solutions today announced that an ElemX liquid metal printer was recently installed aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2), making it the first metal additive manufacturing machine deployed on a WE Warship.

The ElemX was placed on the ship earlier this month in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with sea trials beginning immediately. Installation is the last step of the of the US Navy strategy for using additive manufacturing (AM) to increase fleet operational readiness. It is also based on the relationship between US Navy and Xerox Elem Additive which started with the Naval Graduate School in Monterey, California receive the very first installation of the ElemX in 2020.

“The military supply chain is one of the most complex in the world and putting the ElemX on USS Essex means sailors can now circumvent this complexity and print parts when and where they need them,” said Tali Rosman, GM of the Elem additive. “We are proud to continue our partnership with the Marine to help them advance their additive manufacturing capabilities and realize their long-term vision.”

The ElemX takes advantage of Xerox’s liquid metal AM technology which uses standard aluminum wire. Unlike other metal 3D printing technologies, there are no hazardous metal powders with ElemX and no need for special facility modifications or personal protective equipment to operate the machine. The printer also requires minimal post-processing and therefore offers a faster turnaround time. This ability to produce reliable spare parts on demand reduces reliance on complex global supply chains for deployed forces.

To withstand the varying sea states and environmental challenges that WE encountered by naval warships, the ElemX was installed in an industrial shipping container to make it more robust. Currently at sea aboard USS Essex, trials have already begun to establish operational guidelines and technical feasibility studies to determine applications and use cases. A team aboard USS Essex will design and print shipboard items and provide feedback to the NPS and Commander Naval Surface Force Pacific (COMNAVSURPAC).

The ElemX 3D printer was released in February 2021and since then, Elem Additive Solutions has expanded its business, including opening a Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Cary, North Carolina. The ElemX is a safer and simpler metal 3D printer that addresses supply chain resilience for transportation, aerospace, defense, and industrial manufacturing. Designed to simplify the supply chain process, ElemX is the ideal option for spare parts, repairs and low volume production parts.

This release does not imply endorsement of Xerox or its products by the Naval Graduate Schoolthe Navy Departmentor the defense department.

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About Xerox Elem(TM) Additive Solutions

Committed to advancing the additive industry, Xerox Elem Additive Solutions provides hardware and software solutions that equip manufacturers with the tools needed to reduce costs, eliminate long lead times and improve part performance. Strategically focused on developing supply chain solutions with distributed manufacturing and digital warehousing technologies, Xerox Elem Additive Solutions is one of the best-positioned AM providers delivering end-to-end solutions to the most challenging issues. difficult in the industry.



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