3d printed aerospace components

Arconic and Airbus Announce Cooperative Research Agreement for 3D Printed Airframe Components

Arconic and Airbus Announce Cooperative Research Agreement for 3D Printed Airframe Components

Three years ago, lightweight metals manufacturer Alcoa announced its intention to adopt 3D printing processes, and invested millions in 2015 to expand its facilities and accelerate development. That same year, the company announced that it would be separating into two, and launched its new value-add company Arconic, with a major focus on aerospace 3D printing, in 2016, not long […]

Three years ago, lightweight metals manufacturer Alcoa announced its intention to adopt 3D printing processes, and invested millions in 2015 to expand its facilities and accelerate development. That same year, the company announced that it would be separating into...
GKN Group Consolidates All Additive Manufacturing Activities Into New Company Brand

GKN Group Consolidates All Additive Manufacturing Activities Into New Company Brand

Global engineering group GKN plc has separate, specified company divisions in aerospace, automotive engineering, and powder metallurgy, and has utilized additive manufacturing in each of them for years, working to refine and research the technology. GKN has produced, certified, and seen its 3D printed aerospace components fly the friendly skies on nearly ten major platforms, and many of […]

Global engineering group GKN plc has separate, specified company divisions in aerospace, automotive engineering, and powder metallurgy, and has utilized additive manufacturing in each of them for years, working to refine and research the technology. GKN has produced,...
Airbus Defence and Space Enhances Satellite RF Filter Production with Metal 3D Printing

Airbus Defence and Space Enhances Satellite RF Filter Production with Metal 3D Printing

When it comes to 3D printing in the aerospace sector, France-based Airbus is one of the biggest adopters of the technology, and the company has teamed up with big names in the additive manufacturing industry like Dassault Systèmes, Sciaky, and Renishaw to develop and incorporate 3D printed airplane components. Recently, the company’s Defence and Space division, […]

When it comes to 3D printing in the aerospace sector, France-based Airbus is one of the biggest adopters of the technology, and the company has teamed up with big names in the additive manufacturing industry like Dassault Systèmes, Sciaky, and Renishaw to develop and...
Vector Has Another Successful Test Flight of the Vector-R Launch Vehicle, Featuring a 3D Printed Engine Injector

Vector Has Another Successful Test Flight of the Vector-R Launch Vehicle, Featuring a 3D Printed Engine Injector

In May, Vector Space Systems, headquartered in Arizona, launched a successful test flight of its Vector-R launch vehicle engineering model. The Vector-R, which features a 3D printed engine injector, was built to carry small payloads into space. The rocket’s test flight took place about a year after the commercial launch provider had a successful launch […]

In May, Vector Space Systems, headquartered in Arizona, launched a successful test flight of its Vector-R launch vehicle engineering model. The Vector-R, which features a 3D printed engine injector, was built to carry small payloads into space. The rocket’s test...
Roboze Works with CTC to Develop 3D Printing Materials and Applications for Aerospace

Roboze Works with CTC to Develop 3D Printing Materials and Applications for Aerospace

CTC GmbH is a subsidiary of Airbus, which we all know is a big fan of 3D printing. The CTC plays a large role in developing those 3D printed components for Airbus aircraft, as the leading research and development center in Germany for CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer) aerospace parts. Part of the CTC’s research involves testing […]

CTC GmbH is a subsidiary of Airbus, which we all know is a big fan of 3D printing. The CTC plays a large role in developing those 3D printed components for Airbus aircraft, as the leading research and development center in Germany for CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced...
First Certified 3D Printed Aircraft Interior Component of the MENA Region is Ready to Fly

First Certified 3D Printed Aircraft Interior Component of the MENA Region is Ready to Fly

Just two months ago, Siemens AG and Strata Manufacturing PJSC signed a partnership with Etihad Airways, the second largest airline in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to expand 3D printing technology in the region of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and help airlines to improve their designs. The pilot project of the collaborative effort began with developing […]

Just two months ago, Siemens AG and Strata Manufacturing PJSC signed a partnership with Etihad Airways, the second largest airline in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to expand 3D printing technology in the region of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and help...
Monash University and Amaero Engineering Acquire Xline 2000R Metal 3D Printer and 3D Print Biggest Metal Aerospace Component to Date

Monash University and Amaero Engineering Acquire Xline 2000R Metal 3D Printer and 3D Print Biggest Metal Aerospace Component to Date

The Xline 2000R metal 3D printer from Concept Laser is a really big 3D printer. A really, really big one – in fact, it’s the biggest metal 3D printer in the world thus far, with a build volume of 800 x 400 x 500 mm³. The monstrous metal melting machine weighs about 900 kg and […]

The Xline 2000R metal 3D printer from Concept Laser is a really big 3D printer. A really, really big one – in fact, it’s the biggest metal 3D printer in the world thus far, with a build volume of 800 x 400 x 500 mm³. The monstrous metal melting machine...
3D Printing and Advanced Manufacturing On the Rise in India

3D Printing and Advanced Manufacturing On the Rise in India

Just a few weeks ago, we heard about a partnership between the UAE’s Etihad Airways, Siemens AG, and Strata Manufacturing PJSC, to develop the first 3D printed aircraft parts in Asia, the Middle East, and the UAE as a whole. Now it’s been revealed that Strata, a UAE-based advanced composite aerostructures manufacturing company, has signed a […]

Just a few weeks ago, we heard about a partnership between the UAE’s Etihad Airways, Siemens AG, and Strata Manufacturing PJSC, to develop the first 3D printed aircraft parts in Asia, the Middle East, and the UAE as a whole. Now it’s been revealed that...
Additive Manufacturing to Play Role in Nacelle Production

Additive Manufacturing to Play Role in Nacelle Production

Today we see a wide range of industrial items being 3D printed, from rocket engines and entire planes, to cars and motorcycles. While this technology is helpful to manufacturing in many ways, we often see 3D printing being used for different types of housings and compartments, protecting more central parts of electronics and machines. In the future, […]

Today we see a wide range of industrial items being 3D printed, from rocket engines and entire planes, to cars and motorcycles. While this technology is helpful to manufacturing in many ways, we often see 3D printing being used for different types of housings and...
Nano Dimension Receives Grant to Develop Ceramic Inkjet 3D Printing Technology

Nano Dimension Receives Grant to Develop Ceramic Inkjet 3D Printing Technology

It seems as though we’ve been anticipating the official release of Nano Dimension’s electronic circuit board 3D printer, the DragonFly 2020, for a long time. The Israeli company announced that they had received a grant to develop the printer towards the end of 2014, and we’ve been following its development ever since then as Nano Dimension works to […]

It seems as though we’ve been anticipating the official release of Nano Dimension’s electronic circuit board 3D printer, the DragonFly 2020, for a long time. The Israeli company announced that they had received a grant to develop the printer towards the...
Oxford Performance Materials 3D Prints 600 Parts for Boeing's Starliner Space Taxis

Oxford Performance Materials 3D Prints 600 Parts for Boeing's Starliner Space Taxis

The concept of a space taxi is just something I find delightful, and the fact that it’s in the process of becoming a real thing rather than a fun idea from a Douglas Adams novel makes me incredibly happy. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to hitch a ride on a space taxi, given […]

The concept of a space taxi is just something I find delightful, and the fact that it’s in the process of becoming a real thing rather than a fun idea from a Douglas Adams novel makes me incredibly happy. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to hitch a...
Partnership Between Siemens, Strata and Etihad Brings 3D Printed Aircraft Components to the Middle East and North Africa

Partnership Between Siemens, Strata and Etihad Brings 3D Printed Aircraft Components to the Middle East and North Africa

As 3D printing – especially metal 3D printing – advances, we’re starting to see the technology used much more extensively in the aviation industry. The most well-known example is probably Airbus – they’ve certainly been one of the most prolific users of additive manufacturing in aviation – but more and more companies are beginning to incorporate […]

As 3D printing – especially metal 3D printing – advances, we’re starting to see the technology used much more extensively in the aviation industry. The most well-known example is probably Airbus – they’ve certainly been one of the most...
Mecaer Aviation Group Goes from 3D Printed Concept Models to Production Components with Help from a Roboze One+400

Mecaer Aviation Group Goes from 3D Printed Concept Models to Production Components with Help from a Roboze One+400

While 3D printing has made huge impacts on manufacturing, many companies have only relied on it for prototyping parts, turning instead to more traditional manufacturing methods for final components. That’s been changing lately, as 3D printing technology advances and evolves, and as new materials develop with properties to rival even the oldest and most reliable […]

While 3D printing has made huge impacts on manufacturing, many companies have only relied on it for prototyping parts, turning instead to more traditional manufacturing methods for final components. That’s been changing lately, as 3D printing technology advances...
GE Aviation Conducts First Test of 3D Printed Advanced Turboprop Engine Components

GE Aviation Conducts First Test of 3D Printed Advanced Turboprop Engine Components

GE has been in the news quite a bit lately for business reasons. Their acquisitions of major 3D printing companies, as well as their proposed acquisitions and failed acquisitions, have kept them consistently in the headlines over the last month. The fact that their business dealings have been dominating the news, however, doesn’t mean that […]

GE has been in the news quite a bit lately for business reasons. Their acquisitions of major 3D printing companies, as well as their proposed acquisitions and failed acquisitions, have kept them consistently in the headlines over the last month. The fact that their...
Materialise and Atos Use Metal 3D Printing to Create Next-Generation Spacecraft Component

Materialise and Atos Use Metal 3D Printing to Create Next-Generation Spacecraft Component

Of all the fields that have been impacted by the rise of 3D printing technology, none has been revolutionized quite like the aerospace industry. Industrial-grade additive manufacturing has enabled a number of space companies to create complex components that were impossible with traditional techniques, and has also helped reduce costs and turnaround times. From SpaceX […]

Of all the fields that have been impacted by the rise of 3D printing technology, none has been revolutionized quite like the aerospace industry. Industrial-grade additive manufacturing has enabled a number of space companies to create complex components that were...
Poland: New Swiatowida Satellite from SatRevolution SA Features 3D Printed Housing

Poland: New Swiatowida Satellite from SatRevolution SA Features 3D Printed Housing

Even upon considering all the applications we use 3D printing for today, it’s amazing to me the number of impacts it is making in aerospace—and not always NASA. Numerous other companies too are using the technology for parts and components that allow for speed in production, unlimited customizations whenever needed, and affordability in doing so. […]

Even upon considering all the applications we use 3D printing for today, it’s amazing to me the number of impacts it is making in aerospace—and not always NASA. Numerous other companies too are using the technology for parts and components that allow for speed in...
GE & Textron Aviation Announce Next Generation Cessna Denali, Featuring 3D Printed Engine

GE & Textron Aviation Announce Next Generation Cessna Denali, Featuring 3D Printed Engine

We’ve been following GE in a zigzag around the map as they’ve opened facilities from a smart factory in Chakan, India to their latest $40 million Center for Additive Technology Advancement in Pittsburgh. As many millions are poured into these new additive manufacturing centers, one must wonder what they are researching and planning to produce further, as we […]

We’ve been following GE in a zigzag around the map as they’ve opened facilities from a smart factory in Chakan, India to their latest $40 million Center for Additive Technology Advancement in Pittsburgh. As many millions are poured into these new additive...
GE’s Christine Furstoss: Cohesive 3D Printing Ecosystem Must Exist Before There is a True Manufacturing Revolution

GE’s Christine Furstoss: Cohesive 3D Printing Ecosystem Must Exist Before There is a True Manufacturing Revolution

Many are still waiting for the advent of a desktop 3D printer in every home—as ubiquitous as the PC or the kitchen stove—and the common practice of simply fabricating virtually whatever we want due to need or whim before they will believe 3D printing truly has a future. It may be easy to adopt that […]

Many are still waiting for the advent of a desktop 3D printer in every home—as ubiquitous as the PC or the kitchen stove—and the common practice of simply fabricating virtually whatever we want due to need or whim before they will believe 3D printing truly has a...
Boeing Celebrates Centennial, Aims for Supersonic Flights and Transportation to Mars

Boeing Celebrates Centennial, Aims for Supersonic Flights and Transportation to Mars

Of all the industries that the emergence of 3D printing technology has had an immediate impact on, the aerospace business seems to be actualizing the full potential of these benefits. To find proof of this, one need not look further than Boeing, the premier American aerospace company that has not only utilized additive manufacturing for their production […]

Of all the industries that the emergence of 3D printing technology has had an immediate impact on, the aerospace business seems to be actualizing the full potential of these benefits. To find proof of this, one need not look further than Boeing, the premier American...
Ceramic Matrix Composite:  3Dynamic Systems Discovers Superior New Material Perfect for 3D Printing Aerospace Components

Ceramic Matrix Composite:  3Dynamic Systems Discovers Superior New Material Perfect for 3D Printing Aerospace Components

It’s amazing what can spring from an accident in the science lab. From penicillin to dynamite, you never know what might happen when you mix brilliant minds with new technology and materials. As experimentation ensues or testing is on its way to being completed for an already decided upon product, it would seem that when […]

It’s amazing what can spring from an accident in the science lab. From penicillin to dynamite, you never know what might happen when you mix brilliant minds with new technology and materials. As experimentation ensues or testing is on its way to being completed for an...
Israeli Air Force Keeps Their Old Planes Active With 3D Printing Technology

Israeli Air Force Keeps Their Old Planes Active With 3D Printing Technology

Although 3D printing is a relatively new technology within the military-industrial complex, it has impacted Israel’s aerospace developments in a great number of ways. Last year, the Israeli military had 3D printed their own drone components, and even started a consortium with the government to focus on 3D printing with titanium. Now, the Israeli Air Force’s Aerial Maintenance […]

Although 3D printing is a relatively new technology within the military-industrial complex, it has impacted Israel’s aerospace developments in a great number of ways. Last year, the Israeli military had 3D printed their own drone components, and even started a...
Metal 3D Printing and EBM Technology at São Paulo — A Few Questions For: Arcam

Metal 3D Printing and EBM Technology at São Paulo — A Few Questions For: Arcam

With Inside 3D Printing São Paulo taking place just last week, the excitement lingers over everything that was shown at South America’s largest 3D printing event. We were certainly looking forward to a spotlight on metal 3D printing, and among those delivering on this front was Patrik Ohldin, Sales Manager for South America and Central Europe for […]

With Inside 3D Printing São Paulo taking place just last week, the excitement lingers over everything that was shown at South America’s largest 3D printing event. We were certainly looking forward to a spotlight on metal 3D printing, and among those delivering...
Alcoa Signs Contract With Airbus, Will Begin Supplying 3D Printed Airplane Components by Mid-2016

Alcoa Signs Contract With Airbus, Will Begin Supplying 3D Printed Airplane Components by Mid-2016

Lightweight metals manufacturer Alcoa is relatively new to 3D printing, but once they decided to pursue the technology, they pursued it aggressively. The multinational corporation announced their intention to adopt 3D printing at the end of 2014, and less than a year later they had invested nearly $100 million in expansions to accelerate their development of the […]

Lightweight metals manufacturer Alcoa is relatively new to 3D printing, but once they decided to pursue the technology, they pursued it aggressively. The multinational corporation announced their intention to adopt 3D printing at the end of 2014, and less than a year...
NASA’s ICESat-2 To Feature 3D Printed Bracket Supporting ATLAS for Measuring Ice Sheets

NASA’s ICESat-2 To Feature 3D Printed Bracket Supporting ATLAS for Measuring Ice Sheets

It’s not unlikely in most cases today that when we hear the words firsts and technology—3D printing is usually right around the corner, if not front and center, in the innovative mix. And what a ‘mix’ that is—reaching around the globe to affect nearly every sector of manufacturing and product development. But when NASA is […]

It’s not unlikely in most cases today that when we hear the words firsts and technology—3D printing is usually right around the corner, if not front and center, in the innovative mix. And what a ‘mix’ that is—reaching around the globe to affect nearly every sector of...
Prodways-Nexteam Partnership Aims to Forge Ahead in 3D Metal Printing for Aerospace Clientele

Prodways-Nexteam Partnership Aims to Forge Ahead in 3D Metal Printing for Aerospace Clientele

The Prodways-Nexteam partnership isn’t afraid. While all the benefits of 3D printing in manufacturing are being flaunted around the world, still many companies are holding back due to fear of change, and a lack of understanding of the actual processes–as well as how transforming they can be from nearly every angle. With experience comes wisdom, […]

The Prodways-Nexteam partnership isn’t afraid. While all the benefits of 3D printing in manufacturing are being flaunted around the world, still many companies are holding back due to fear of change, and a lack of understanding of the actual processes–as well as...