Category Archives: Aerospace

Virgin Orbit Researching Multi-Metal AM with NASA

Much like SpaceX, world-famous conglomerate Virgin is also diving head-deep into space exploration at the behest of a famous billionaire/entrepreneur. Richard Branson’s dynamic brand features Virgin Orbit, specialising is aerospace and launch solutions for small satellites. Now, they’re expanding into 3D printing research to further their outer-spacefaring ambitions. With the aid of NASA, Orbit will be […]

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BAE Systems 3D printing enables first ever flight using supersonically blown air

Drone development undertaken by BAE Systems in collaboration with The University of Manchester has reached a new landmark. Earlier in May this year, the MAGMA unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) successfully completed trials proving the capabilities of its “flap-free” flight technologies. As a result, MAGMA is believed to have become the first vehicle in aviation history […]

Aeroswift successfully 3D prints 0.5 m tall large scale airframe for UAV

Aeroswift, a metal 3D printer development project backed by the South African government, has successfully completed the fabrication of a large scale component. Over half a meter tall, this titanium frame for a UAV was made to showcase the Aeroswift system’s capabilities. The component made its first public appearance in 2018, but now the company has […]

Russian scientists plan 3D bioprinting experiments aboard the ISS in collaboration with the U.S. and Israel

3D Bioprinting Solutions, a Russian bio-technical research laboratory, has announced plans to collaborate with scientists from the U.S. and Israel to deliver muscular tissue biomaterials to the International Space Station (ISS) in September as part of a microgravity 3D bioprinting experiment. The materials will be used with 3D Bioprinting Solutions’ Organ-Avt 3D bioprinter, which was […]

NASA and TTH use Carbon 3D printing to create Seeker spacecraft inspection robots

The Technology House (TTH), a product development service provider, has used Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) 3D printing technology from Silicon-valley based Carbon to help produce autonomous robotic systems as part of the SEEKER project for NASA. Costing $3 million, the SEEKER project from NASA comprises of two free flying autonomous robots, Seeker and Kenobi, designed […]

3D printed molds are helping NASA to insulate its newest deep space rocket

NASA engineers are using 3D printing to help insulate vulnerable parts of its new deep space rocket that will take astronauts to the moon in 2024. Together with engineers from Boeing, they are developing a more efficient way to apply its thermal protection system on to the new rocket, referred to as the Space Launch […]

Air New Zealand’s Boeing 777-300ER fitted with 3D printed part before flight

Air New Zealand, Microsoft, US-based supplier of aerospace parts Moog and ST Engineering from Singapore, joined together to install a 3D printed part on a Boeing 777-300ER, a wide-body commercial jet. Hinting at the future of supply chain in the aerospace industry, Carrie Hurihanganui, Air New Zealand’s Chief Ground Operations Officer, said, “Being able to 3D […]

Made In Space applies Archinaut additive manufacturing to give scientists a better view of the stars

American off-world manufacturing specialist Made In Space, Inc. has confirmed its intentions to develop a system that will help to extend scientists’ gaze into space. In this project, the company’s Archinaut low-gravity truss 3D printing technology will be integrated into an interferometer satellite. When linked together, multiple interferometers act as a kind of “virtual telescope” in […]

AMOS project presents DED findings at opening of UK Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Three years in, and the Additive Manufacturing Optimisation and Simulation (AMOS) project is making progress. The aim of this project is to develop directed energy deposition (DED) for the repair of components used in aerospace. Recently, the Canadian/European consortium was called to present its findings at the opening of the new UK Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) […]