As part of the Nautilus 100 challenge, UK Nest and the Royal Navy challenged participants to imagine the future of underwater warfare. The winning design takes the form of a futuristic, 3D-printed submarine vessel that boasts design that embraces biomimicry and resembles the softly sculpted shape of a manta ray. Alongside this, the concept design also details the inclusion of eel-like, unmanned arms.
It is imagined that the hull of the machine would be assembled from a combination of acrylics and alloys, with morphing "electronic graphene scales." To push the design further, the designer also envisions that the vessel would be able to dissolve completely in salt water when a situation calls for stealthiness.
As additive manufacturing makes it much more cost-effective to produce complex shapes, especially ones that are curved, this 3D-printed design pushes past what has previously been possible in deep-sea vessel designs.