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Rolling in the deep: 3D printing for exacting production applications

03 August 2022

3D-printed parts are now commonplace in end-use applications, but not all are used in as exacting an environment as the ones used by Planet Ocean, based in Camberley, UK.

Planet Ocean is a specialist in the provision of high-quality scientific instruments for marine research, survey, naval and operations support. The company represents some of the world’s foremost manufacturers of oceanographic and marine meteorological equipment, covering a wide spectrum of disciplines – from radar wave measuring systems to seabed assessment systems, as well as autonomous underwater and surface vehicles. 

ecoSUB Robotics – a company spun out of Planet Ocean to engage in the design and manufacture of underwater vehicles – regularly utilises 3DPPRINTUK as a supplier for a number of key 3D-printed parts. These 3D-printed components have to operate in salt water at very low temperatures and under extreme pressure, some 2,500m below sea level, while at the same time remaining water-tight and intact.

We recently caught up with Jeremy Sitbon, Chief Robotics Engineer – Marine Robotics Systems at ecoSUB Robotics, to find out more about these applications.

Read the full article in DPA's August issue

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