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BAE Certifies '3D Printed' Part on BAe 146 Jetliner - Aviation International News

BAE Certifies '3D Printed' Part on BAe 146 Jetliner - Aviation International News | 3D printing and aerospace | Scoop.it
“Aviation International News BAE Certifies '3D Printed' Part on BAe 146 Jetliner Aviation International News On January 22, RTI International Metals, a major supplier of titanium and specialty metals to the aerospace industry, announced that it...”
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UTEP to lead research in 3D printing for aerospace

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The University of Texas at El Paso is the lead for a team of university and corporate partners awarded a grant by America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, to further 3-D printing technologies for rapid manufacturing...
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EBN - Logical Link - Even Aerospace Is Going Gaga Over 3D Printing

EBN - Logical Link - Even Aerospace Is Going Gaga Over 3D Printing | 3D printing and aerospace | Scoop.it

 

The aerospace industry sees massive potential for 3D printing, but questions remain about the impact that growing demand will have on design and supply chain planning

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It was probably only a matter of time before the idea of using 3D printing in aerospace applications would catch on, given the growing buzz about it the world over. It appears that time has come.

 

The Verge reports that NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are jumping on the 3D bandwagon and will be "actively pursuing 3D-printed metal components for use in spacecraft, planes, and even nuclear fusion applications."

 

Over the summer, NASA tested a 3D printed rocket engine component during an engine firing that generated a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. "This successful test of a 3-D printed rocket injector brings NASA significantly closer to proving this innovative technology can be used to reduce the cost of flight hardware," Chris Singer, director of the Engineering Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., said in a press release.

 

The ESA and the European Commission have launched the AMAZE project with 28 industrial and educational partners in an effort to perfect the printing of space-quality metal components.

The ESA said in a press release:

 

3D printing is getting ready to revolutionise space travel. ESA is paving the way for 3D-printed metals to build high-quality, intricate shapes with massive cost savings...
AMAZE aims to put the first 3D metal printer on the International Space Station allowing astronauts to produce tools and new structures on demand.
The project envisages printing entire satellites and using the technology for missions to the Moon and Mars... To get to that future, ESA is looking at five metal additive manufacturing processes

David Jarvis, the ESA's head of new materials and energy research, said in the release, "We are focusing on serious engineering components made of very high-tech alloys. We are using lasers, electron beams and even plasma to melt them."

Also from the ESA release:

 

A quartet of pilot factories – each one employing different metallic 3D printing methods – are being set up in Germany, Italy, Norway and the UK. In parallel, a full industrial supply chain is being established for metallic 3D printing, incorporating feedstock alloys, printing equipment, finishing techniques, metrology and control software.


Jon Meyer, additive layer manufacturing research team leader at EADS Innovation Works, said in the release that 3D printing requires high-quality materials, a repeatable process, and extensive supply chain support. And that's the rub, isn't it? How quickly can the supply chain be developed to support this new field of study?

 

Finding new ways to use 3D printing seems to dovetail well with the aerospace sector's long history of cool research, but it's interesting that the industry seems tickled pink by the potential use and cost-effectiveness of additive manufacturing.

 

The industry usually does not adopt the technology flavor of the day, and given its highly technical component requirements and long product life cycles, product development investment usually spans many years.

So maybe now is the time to ask some questions.

What kind of strategic supply chain plans are electronic companies developing to include 3D-printed products into the design, sourcing, and purchasing process? How will raw material and traditional component sourcing be impacted?

 

How will the supply chain evolve to meet the needs of the most demanding applications needed on Earth and fit for space?

 


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Additive/Aerospace Summit Preview - 3D Printing Industry

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The Additive/Aerospace Summit in Los Angeles will host some of the biggest names in the defense, aerospace and 3D printing industries.

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Chancellor promises £60m funding boost for aerospace and 3D printing

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The Chancellor is visiting Coventry’s Manufacturing Technology Centre to announce £30million of government funding matched by the aerospace industry.

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OPM's New Aerospace Component Facility - 3D Printing Industry

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Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) has announced the creation of a new (additive) manufacturing facility in South Windsor, CT, USA.

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3D printing is the new dimension for aerospace industry - Ammon News

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In the past, when manufacturers made aerospace parts, more than 80 per cent of the metal used had to be whittled away by a machine.
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Hot aerospace technologies in 2014: 3D printing, machine-to-machine interfaces ... - Avionics Intelligence

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3D Printing Investing Will Be More Complex in 2014 - ENGINEERING.com

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ENGINEERING.com 3D Printing Investing Will Be More Complex in 2014 ENGINEERING.com However, in a recent research report Canaccord Genuity says that in the next year the 3D printing field will get more competitive and complex, making investing in...
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UK to Invest £15M in 3D Printing Hub Focused on Aerospace Engineering - Fabbaloo -

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In a statement earlier this week, the UK’s Finance Minister has announced that the Briti...
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Additive Manufacturing/3d Printing Resource Center to Be Major Feature at ... - PR Web (press release)

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3D Printing a Boon for Aerospace - 3D Printing Insider

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Cost savings are driving large aerospace companies to rapidly adopt 3D Printing technology.
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Arcam Metal 3D Printers Further Penetrate Aerospace - 3D Printing Industry

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3D metal printer manufacturer, Arcam, will be supplying more EBM machines to the aerospace industry.

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Sweden's Arcam soars in 3D printing boom - Reuters

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Shares in the tiny company whose clients include GE Aviation , Boeing, Airbus and GKN Aerospace, surged 530 percent in the past year rocketing ahead of 3D printing giants 3D Systems and Stratasys.
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The Fusing of Industries at the Additive/Aerospace Summit - 3D Printing Industry

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3DPI’s Mike Molitch-Hou attended the Additive/Aerospace Summit and what he found was not a group of companies that will be 3D printing entire aircraft any time soon — the reality of the situation had companies preoccupied with more day...

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Sigma Labs Extends Contract with Honeywell Aerospace - 3D Printing Industry

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3D metal printing is in the process of developing quality control standards thanks to partnerships between companies like Sigma Labs and large manufacturers, like Honeywell.

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Public funds give wings to national 3D printing hub - Financial Times

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The UK aerospace industry is to benefit from the creation of a national centre for 3D printing, the government will announce on Thursday.
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3D printing is the new dimension for aerospace industry - The National

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A figurine is constructed in a Makerbot Industries Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer at the company's new factory in Brooklyn, New York.

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Government boosts aerospace industry with 3D printing centre | City A.M.

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THE GOVERNMENT yesterday said it is providing £30m to fund the development of new aerospace technology in the UK, including a 3D printing (Government boosts aerospace industry with 3D printing centre http://t.co/MtcuGa6AHl...
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BAE Systems flies 3D printed metal part on UK fighter jet - Aerospace Manufacturing and Design

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BAE Systems flies 3D printed metal part on UK fighter jet Aerospace Manufacturing and Design BAE Systems engineers have created and flown a 3D printed metal part for the first time on-board a Tornado fighter jet, paving the way for using 3D printed...
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British Fighter Jet Flies with 3D Printed Parts - ENGINEERING.com

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Beyond improving manufacturing logistics, 3D printing is also producing sizable savings for aerospace consumers.
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UK to Invest £15M in 3D Printing Hub Focused on Aerospace Engineering | 3D Print Plan | All about 3D Printing

UK to Invest £15M in 3D Printing Hub Focused on Aerospace Engineering: In a statement earlier this week, the U... http://t.co/C6fs3wFboq
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