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.

SLM Solutions 3D Prints Orbex Launcher

Orbex has built a metal rocket engine 3D printed on SLM Solutions’ selective laser melting machine.

Digital Alloys Seeks the Economic Win for Joule 3D Printing

The company is targeting applications where its wire-based deposition technology can win out over conventional manufacturing.

Engine Mount Set to Be First 3D-Printed Part on the Moon

Manufactured by RUAG Space, the 3D-printed engine mount is part of a spacecraft from SpaceIL.

Premium Aerotec Acquires APWorks, Aims to Profit in 3D-Printing Market

Premium Aerotec acquires 3D-printing specialist APWorks to combine industry and market knowledge and further profit from the 3D-printing market and AM growth.

First Additive Manufactured Part to Be Installed on GE Engines

The FAA has given “change in design” approval for additively manufactured power door opening system (PDOS) brackets.

A Public-Private Partnership Aims to Save Additive from Itself

Overwhelming process variables for metal additive manufacturing processes are derailing AM’s adoption for critical parts in aerospace. Colorado’s ADAPT Center—and its growing cache of data—is seeking common ground.