Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace

Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing Delivers Low Buy-To-Fly Ratios

Manufacturers in the aerospace industry buy expensive raw material with one common goal: to make it fly. To reduce its buy-to-fly ratio (the ratio of material inputs to final part output), this company turned to wire arc additive manufacturing to create near-net shape parts.

Additive Manufacturing Conference Speaker: GE Aviation

At the Additive Manufacturing Conference, taking place August 27-29 in Austin, Texas, GE’s Eric Gatlin will dive deep into the company’s latest breakthrough in additive: the GE9X.

 

Project Partners Bring Next Generation AM Project to Successful Conclusion

Two years after Daimler, Premium Aerotec and EOS launched their NextGenAM pilot manufacturing facility in Varel, Germany, the partners now celebrated the successful completion of the project during a special ceremony in Varel, Germany.

Velo3D, Boom Supersonic Partner to 3D Print Metal Supersonic Jet Parts

Velo3D has announced its partnership with Boom Supersonic to print the first 3D metal parts on Boom’s XB-1 Mach-2.2 supersonic demonstrator aircraft.

GE Announces Additive Manufacturing Breakthrough in Commercial Aviation

Additive manufacturing is fulfilling its promise in the aerospace industry more than any other, as evidenced by more than 300 additively produced parts that help compose the new GE9X engine. GE Aviation has brought industrialized next-generation aerospace through additive manufacturing.

Mission Critical: An AM Breakthrough in Commercial Aviation

The GE9X is the first commercial aircraft engine to reach production with significant additive content. The story of GE’s accomplishment and why it matters.

What Is the Role for Additive Manufacturing in Aircraft Structural Components?

Spirit AeroSystems recently began installing the Boeing 787’s first titanium structural component to be made through AM. The part is not critical but also not minor. I spoke with manufacturing leaders at Spirit about the meaning of the part and the way forward for additive in aircraft structures.

Large-Format Additive Manufacturing: Viable for Autoclave Tooling?

SABIC and the University of Dayton Research Institute explore the potential of using large-format additive manufacturing (LFAM) technology for creating autoclave tooling used in manufacturing aerospace composite parts.

NASA Funds Auburn University for AM Aerospace Growth

The research and development covered under a contract between Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will focus on evolving light-weight, large-scale additive manufacturing techniques for regeneratively cooled thrust chamber assemblies.

DMP Factory 500 Offers Workflow-Optimized Metal 3D Printing

Designed by GF Machining Solutions and 3D Systems, the DMP Factory 500 metal additive manufacturing (AM) printing solution is said to create seamless large parts with increased quality and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for aerospace original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers.

Additive Technology Delivers Small Satellites to Space

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have developed a reusable rocket engine specifically for the launch of small satellites. The complex injector heads are 3D printed which unlocks additional performance, reduces the parts count, speeds up production time, and reduces weight and costs.

Video: How Additive Manufacturing Is Advancing the Space Industry

By making launch vehicles more efficient and easier to manufacture, AM lets small companies play a significant role in space. Here is a conversation with an aspiring startup.