According to the company, these ships will be the first in the fleet to have integrated Industry 4.0 technologies with 3D printed components as well as cybersecurity system that shields ships against threats.
As part of the Spanish naval framework, ASTILLERO 4.0, the construction of the five frigates will involve advanced integrated control and simulation systems, i.e., a digital twin. This framework is part of Navantia’s mission to transform shipbuilding into a process that leverages digitalization for more efficient transportation systems.
In addition, the new generation of F-110 frigates will be built in Ferrol with 80% of its supplies coming from Spain. The industry 4.0 technologies will reduce the number of crew members needed for the ship’s operation. This includes sensors and antennas, a new hybrid propellant plant, and unmanned vehicles on board for the future installation of directed energy weapons.
Last year, Navantia launched a 3D printed parts trial aboard the Monte Udala Suezmax oil tanker. This was done in collaboration with the INNANOMAT (Materials and Nanotechnology Innovation) lab at the University of Cádiz (UCA). These tankers are built to the largest ship measurements capable of transiting Egypt’s Suez Canal, that is, 50 meters wide, and up to 68 meters tall.
As such, a purpose-built 3D printer, the S-Discovery, was developed for making large-scale boat parts. As a trial run, the company has 3D printed two grills for the Monte Udala’s ventilation system.
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Featured image shows a guided-missile frigate. Photo via Navantia.