3D Printed Underwater Robots Quickly Realize Unmanned Submarine Manufacturing

Label:3D Printing, Underwater Robots, Unmanned Submarine, Manufacturing

Jan 11, 2021920

3D Printed Underwater Robots Quickly Realize Unmanned Submarine Manufacturing

The emergence of 3D printing manufacturing has changed the original manufacturing method. Due to its rapid processing, personalized manufacturing and ability to process complex structures, 3D printing has been increasingly used in the processing robot industry. We would like to  introduce 3D printing underwater robots to quickly realize the manufacture of unmanned submarines.


General unmanned submersibles are equipped with sonar, cameras and other sensors for underwater survey and reconnaissance missions. Unmanned submarines have many uses. They can be used to map the seabed, inspect the underwater infrastructure of the oil and gas industry, search for underwater remains, locate and salvage wrecked ships and crashed aircraft, and can also be used to explore coral reefs and study ocean currents. And tracking marine life, etc. With the development of artificial intelligence technology, unmanned submarines are becoming more and more "smart" and their ability to perform tasks autonomously is getting stronger.


Small unmanned submersibles need a mother ship to take them to designated sea areas for release and recovery, while large long-range unmanned submersibles can set off and return from ports on their own. The typical tasks of commercial large unmanned submersibles are oil and gas or deep-sea mineral exploration, on-site inspection of offshore wind farms, etc. It can move up and down in a sea like "mowing grass", using onboard intelligence to automatically avoid obstacles and supplement scanning Areas that may be missed, carefully investigate the locations of interest.


3D printing is usually used to process the shell of underwater machines and the plastic part of the hardware inside. Due to the current material limitations of 3D printing, 3D printed materials cannot reach the performance of open-molded materials, so 3D printed plastic shells are generally used for some parts that cannot be stressed.


For 3D printed underwater robots, if there is no great water pressure, the outer shell and the plastic parts inside the robot can be 3D printed. If the water pressure is great, the plastic shell is not suitable.