Aerospace 3D Printing

GE is Using 3D Printing and Their New Smart Factory to Revolutionize Large-Scale Manufacturing

When you’re a manufacturing company as large as General Electric it can sometimes be incredibly difficult to adapt and modernize. It isn’t so much that large corporations aren’t interested in…

New 3D Printing Technique Makes Complex Ceramics for Spaceships

When I was a kid, I would visit my great-grandmother’s apartment on Park Avenue in New York City. She had traveled the world and brought back vases, plates, and dolls…

Atlas V Rocket Successfully Launches with Multiple Components 3D Printed by Stratasys

3D printed parts have been finding themselves in rockets and spacecraft for a few years now, but typically it was a single, experimental part, usually printed in metal. However, using…

The Dual Volume 3D Scanner: SMARTTECH Makes Initial Mark in Aerospace Industry

We’ve come a long way with 3D printing in a very short time. As new machines and materials arrive onto the market in a constant flow, it’s quite apparent that…

US Navy’s Trident II D5 Missile Successfully Launches with 3D Printed Component from Lockheed Martin

NASA and the US military used 3D printed components to successfully test advanced prototype airplanes, spacecraft and even ground vehicles. For many parts with complex or unique geometries, metal 3D…

New 3D Printed Rotor Blade May Help Us More Effectively Harness the Wind

Whenever I drive past the Great Lakes Science Center on my way into Cleveland, I pass the giant wind turbine installed outside the museum. I’ve seen it so many times that…

New ZAL TechCenter Brings Together Over a Dozen Organizations to Research 3D Printing, Other Technology in Aeronautical Industry

When it comes to technological innovation, Airbus might be one of the most advanced companies in the aeronautical industry. We’ve written about their increasing use of 3D printing frequently; they…

New Technology Like 3D Printing Emerges—Companies Collaborate, Integrate Traditional With Cutting Edge

Although it’s something much of the world may not think about, the combination of ultraprecision manufacturing and optics plays a large part in running the world when it comes to…

Finalists Announced for Additive Industries’ Metal 3D Printing Design Contest

Additive Industries, the Dutch company that has recently launched one of the most advanced and automated SLM-based, production-grade 3D printers on the market, organized a global contest asking both students…

UTC Aerospace Systems Opens New 3D Printing Materials Lab in Connecticut and Announces Partnership with UCONN

UTC Aerospace Systems manufactures advanced aerospace and defense technology that is used by companies all over the world. The company designs, manufactures and services advanced components used by commercial, business…

NASA and Made In Space are Building a Multi-Armed 3D Printing Space Robot Named Archinaut

California’s space technology company Made In Space, currently preparing their second zero gravity 3D printer called the Additive Manufacturing Facility for the International Space Station, will be playing a key…

Stratasys Custom Creates New ESD PEKK 3D Printing Material for Use in Space

Until they purchased MakerBot, global 3D printing company Stratasys was primarily known for their industrial or professional grade 3D printers. While the company has been seemingly focusing a lot of…

The Dragon Can Hover: SpaceX and Their 3D Printed SuperDraco Thrusters Take the Next Step Towards Propulsive Landing

It takes a lot of work to launch something into space, but it takes just as much, if not more, work to bring it back down to the ground again….

3D Printing: The Stories We Didn’t Cover This Week–January 23

This week’s news starts with a Kickstarter campaign and a design competition, and it also covers news from i.materialise and Materialise blogs, business news from Norsk Titanium and Premium AEROTEC,…

Orbital ATK Successfully Tests 3D Printed Hypersonic Engine Combustor

Scramjet technology has been around for a while, but recently it seems like it’s everywhere. I love the name — it stands for “supersonic combustion ramjet” — but it also…

Project Orion: NASA’s Mission to Mars Relies on Designs of Past & Future, Powered by 3D Printing

Have you ever noticed that children, upon being asked what they want to do when they grow up, often respond with the most difficult professions possibly attainable? It all seems…

German RepRap X400 Delivers New Windshield Wiper System for Airbus Helicopters

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is really excited about 3D printing. We’ve written several articles about their Airbus A350 XWB, which was manufactured using over 1,000 3D printed parts, and they’re continuing to experiment…

The Four Most Promising 3D Printing Investment Opportunities for 2016

With last year’s stock implosion of 3D printing giants 3D Systems and Stratasys and their rapidly dwindling good will on the stock market, you would think that the 3D printing…

Norsk Titanium Completes TRL 8 Certification: 3D Printed RPD Components Pass Stringent Testing

Just announced today, Norsk Titanium AS has now achieved their Technology Readiness Level Eight (TRL 8), after completing a test plan that was coordinated and launched through the FAA several…

3D Printed Titanium Helps Make This Drone Ready to Fight Fires

Apparently it is actually pretty easy to strap a flame thrower to a drone and start lighting stuff on fire, so surely it would be just as easy to make…

To Mars and Beyond: How RedWorks is Going to Help NASA Colonize Space

Last May when NASA launched their Mars 3D Printed Habitat Challenge teams of designers, artists, engineers, rocket scientists and 3D printing technology experts from all over the world tried their…

Thales Group to Help Drive Morocco’s Aerospace Industry with Industrial Competence Center for Metal 3D Printing

Last year, the government of Morocco launched an Industrial Acceleration Plan, aimed at boosting the country’s economy and creating a new, modernized industrial sector. The plan, which is being implemented…

Trumpf is Covering All of its Bases by Offering a Full Range of Laser Metal 3D Printers

With the addition of a new type of metal 3D printing technology called laser metal fusion (LMF), German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf is now the only company…

At This Year’s AMRDEC Futures Brief the US Army Makes It Clear: They Want 3D Printing

Every year the US Army brings their academic and commercial partners to their research and development garrison Redstone Arsenal for the Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC)…