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The strength of the three NAVSEA Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Center mission priorities, providing combat power, transforming digital capability, and building a team to compete and win, depends on the state and stability of its individual parts, and how they should seamlessly align and work together. A recent achievement and innovation here at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) personifies this very idea of ​​how overall mission success is enhanced in detail.

CDSN PCD’s Information Management and Customer Support Branch (Code 1042) recently completed a technical update of the Navy/Marine Corps intranet where more than 2,400 users have was upgraded to newer computers allowing its personnel to continue providing combat power while saving the Navy Department more than $800,000 and 2,500 man-hours.

The overall mission was accomplished, but some noticed how unusually hot the temperatures of these computers were. In order to preserve and manage the enduring technical capabilities of these computers, something more was needed to maximize the time, money, and effort spent on updating technology. Enter the team collaboration of NSWC PCD Codes E15 Hydrospace Lab and E42 Additive Manufacturing Lab (AML) and their innovation called Laptop Lifter (aka Tide Riser).

“Initial prototyping took place at the end of November, shortly after receiving our Tech Refresh and observing the excessive heat produced during prolonged use. In an attempt to combat overheating in new HP laptops, we recognized that ventilation on the underside was limited and that raising the rear of the laptop would increase airflow, accelerating cooling of the device, said Hydrospace Laboratory Director Dr. Christopher Musto. “Heat is generally detrimental to the lifespan of electronic devices. Reducing the heat retained at the back of the system should extend the lifespan, eliminating the need for early replacement of these laptops.”

The idea of ​​designing a prototype to lift the computer and maximize its internal cooling system was given to Jake Moody V, a mechanical engineer at Hydrospace Laboratory. The design consists of two external pieces to provide maximum stability while minimizing size.

“There were a total of four iterations, with each version evolving with slight changes to ultimately create the best solution,” Moody said. “Whether changing the shape, adding ventilation holes, or even adding a custom groove to lock them in place, each iteration has made installing the risers easier while maintaining the same level of dissipation. thermal.”

Initial prototyping was done using 3D stereolithography printing at the Hydrospace Lab. The final prototype production identified was a collaboration between Chuck Self, NSWC PCD AML Manager, and the Hydrospace Lab team to reduce production costs and lead times.

“Ultimately, the end product is estimated at $2 per unit, which offers significant savings versus $6-8 per unit if produced externally,” Self said. “I can produce up to 240 units per day using at least 10 fused deposition modeling 3D printers.”

This team came together to address a specific challenge to come up with the best solution: Build a team to compete and win, digital capability transformed using data to change the way we innovate, ultimately improving the impact of NSWC PCD for provide combat power. This small detail will help accomplish NAVSEA mission priorities.

“The data we obtained using Forward-Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) technology measured a 15-20% reduction in temperature in the hottest regions of laptops,” Musto said. “Extending the life of critical computing systems is critical to the continued support of the NAVSEA Warfare Centers innovation ecosystem and is something we are proud to have contributed to.”

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