An Aerospace Perspective on Additive Manufacturing

A forum recently hosted by the Ohio Aerospace Institute showcased success stories and compelling reasons for implementing additive manufacturing—from tooling to final parts and certifications. It also tackled one of the biggest challenges facing industrial AM: education.

Stratasys 3D Printing Solution for Aircraft Interiors Undergoes FAA Qualification

The 3D printing solution is designed to produce aircraft interior parts that are FAA- and EASA-certified.

GKN Reduces Components on Rocket Nozzle with the Help of AM

Laser welding and laser metal deposition helped reduce the number of component parts on the nozzle by 90 percent, according to the company.

Boom Supersonic Agreement with Stratasys to Improve Speed of Development for Supersonic Aircraft

The first flight of Boom Supersonic’s XB-1 supersonic demonstrator is planned for 2018.

GKN Aerospace, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Partner on AM R&D

The agreement will focus on laser metal deposition with wire and electron beam melting.

South West Metal Finishing Offers Surface Treatment for AM Aerospace Parts

The chemical immersion treatment is said to enhance the surface of metal 3D-printed parts.

Renishaw Installs Metal AM System at CATEC in Spain

The RenAM 500M will be used in the development of manufacturing parameters for aerospace materials.

GE Team Secretly Printed a Helicopter Engine, Replacing 900 Parts with 16

GE Additive’s Ehteshami says, “To make these parts the ordinary way, you typically need 10 to 15 suppliers, you have tolerances, you have nuts, bolts, welds and braces.” With additive, “all of that went away.” The helicopter project is a detail in a story worth knowing.

Aerospace Contractor Brings Custom Tooling In-House with FDM 3D Printing

Adding an FDM 3D printer enabled a producer of subassemblies for aircraft to bypass traditional tooling solutions on many custom tools and bring much of this work in-house.

Norsk Titanium's Rapid Plasma Deposition Delivers Airbus Test Parts

The titanium sample parts are currently undergoing engineering analysis.

Oxford Performance Materials Awarded Boeing Contract for 3D-Printed Production Parts

The Oxfab production parts will be used on the CST-100 Starliner.

Unison to Additively Manufacture Air-Air Heat Exchangers for Cessna Denali Aircraft

The additive heat exchangers will offer reduced weight and volume.