Submarine Towed Array Wind Tunnel Model

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3D CNC machine employed to create main body

3D CNC machine employed to create main body

Case Study 1

Client: Thales Underwater Systems

The Brief:

To produce a scale model of a prototype submarine towed array suitably robust to withstand wind tunnel testing.

Prototype to be completed within 10 days.

SLA wing modules created from 3D model data

SLA wing modules created from 3D model data

The Solution:

With such a tight delivery requirement we had to rely on a mixture of CNC machining and rapid prototyping to meet the deadline. The main body and wing were CNC machined from solid model board directly from the 3D CAD data.

The modules on the wing were produced using the SLA (Stereo Lithography) process in resin, again directly from the clients 3D CAD data. The SLA modules were fixed to the wing section using stainless steel fasteners and delivery was made in time to meet a wind tunnel testing slot.

Prototype to be completed within 10 days.

Aluminium adjustable mount CNC machined from 3D model data

Aluminium adjustable mount CNC machined from 3D model data

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