Category Archives: Aerospace

Chinese scientists conduct ceramic 3D printing tests for off-world construction

Scientists at the Technology and Engineering Center for Space Utilization of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have successfully completed an experiment to 3D print ceramic parts containing lunar dust under microgravity. Using Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology on board the Airbus ZERO-G parabolic flight aircraft run by Novespace of Switzerland. The 3D printing experiment further explores […]

Norsk Titanium leads aerospace production as New York site is officially added to Boeing’s Producers List

Norsk Titanium, a Norwegian company that supplied the world’s first aerospace-grade, 3D printed titanium components for Boeing, has been officially added to the Qualified Producers List (QPL) for the multinational aircraft corporation through its Plattsburgh, New York Development and Qualification Center (PDQC). This milestone follows a string of successes for Norsk, including the approval from the […]

SAE International publishes standards for aerospace-grade metal 3D printing

Global engineering standards association SAE International has issued four new standards relating to laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) powered additive manufacturing. The LPBF documents are specially designed to support the certification of metal 3D printed parts for use in aircraft and space exploration vehicles, and are officially supported by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). David Alexander, Director […]

Streamlining the Aerospace industry with the MTC’s AM digital learning factory and the DRAMA Project

According to the UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), additive manufacturing faces three major challenges; ensuring that processes are accurate and repeatable, enabling a system level design specifically for AM and streamlining the route to certification for AM components. As a result, the Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) has commenced the DRAMA (Digital Reconfigurable Additive Manufacturing facilities […]

Groupe Meloche to carry out additive manufacturing projects for big names in aerospace

Canada’s Groupe Meloche, an OEM aircraft and aerostructure component supplier, has signed a 3D printing partnership agreement with French metal additive specialist FusiA Impression 3D Métal. Advancing an initiative “to deliver world-class performance” and cut “manufacturing turnaround times,” the companies will work together to complete additive manufacturing projects for some of the largest global brands in […]

Russian Helicopters backs additive manufacturing for future aviation

This week at HELIRUSSIA 2018 in Moscow, Andrei Boginsky, CEO of Russian Helicopters – the world’s 24th-largest defense contractor, endorsed additive manufacturing’s role in the future of world aviation. This year the company is premiering its next generation Mi-171A2 helicopter at the show, alongside the use of additive technologies and applications of topology optimization. Boginsky comments, “apart from the […]

MTU Aero Engines prioritizes additive manufacturing in new department

German aircraft engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines has demonstrated its commitment to the future of 3D printing with the launch of a new additive manufacturing department in Munich. The new facility brings together around 30 professionals in engineering, process, operations and design to a single location, optimizing the company’s additive output. 3D printing for mass manufacturing  […]

European Space Agency receives prototype microgravity 3D printer

After two years in development, Project MELT (Manufacturing of Experimental Layer Technology) has resurfaced with a prototype microgravity 3D printer. Made for the European Space Agency (ESA) the Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) breadboard machine is designed to 3D print high performance polymers aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and other off-world locations. The collaborative behind Project […]

3D Systems metal additive systems building U.S. Navy warships

3D Systems’ stock price is buoyant today after the announcement of a naval warship building deal with Huntington Ingalls Industries, the largest military shipbuilding company in the United States. The collaboration between Rock Hill, S.C. based 3D Systems and Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division of Virginia aims to qualify metal additive manufacturing for […]

NASA green-lights Made In Space metal 3D printer for Mars

In 2017, American microgravity 3D printer developer Made In Space was awarded a NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract for the development of its Vulcan Hybrid Manufacturing System. Now, just over a year later, NASA has renewed this SBIR for the Vulcan’s continued development. Once complete, the Vulcan will be capable of working more […]