Category Archives: Aerospace

Thales Alenia Space takes 3D printing into series production for satellites

Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer Thales Alenia Space is to use 3D printing in the series production of its satellites. Applied to the company’s Spacebus NEO platform, the first run of these additively manufactured components has already been integrated into a commercial satellite project for Eutelsat Communications, which is set to launch by the end of 2019. Philippe […]

NASA develops new copper alloy for 3D printing rocket components

Researchers from NASA have developed and 3D printed a new copper-based alloy for use in rocket propulsion components. GRCop-42, a high strength, high conductivity copper-based alloy, was created by a team from the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Alabama and the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Ohio.  The result metal powder used to produce […]

ESA’s new 3D printer will defy build volume restraints as well as gravity

In January 2019, the European Space Agency (ESA) and German technology group OHB SE launched a consortium to develop a large-scale 3D printer for use in zero-gravity conditions. Named the IMPERIAL Project, the consortium includes German aerospace company Sonaca Group, Portuguese 3D printer provider BEEVERYCREATIVE, and Ireland’s Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). In a recent interview for RTÉ Dr. Sean Lyons, Dean of […]

IDEC and Wehl & Partner using Stratasys 3D printer for aerospace tooling

Spanish aerospace composite specialist IDEC and German advanced prototyping service provider, Wehl & Partner, have employed the use of a Stratasys 3D printer in a government-funded project exploring the capabilities of Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) technology in aerospace parts. The goal of the project is to cut the time, cost and material waste involved with […]

Safran to open €68 million additive manufacturing campus in Bordeaux

France’s Safran Group, one of the largest aerospace companies in the world, has announced that it will open a €68 million additive manufacturing campus in Bordeaux, France. Named Campus Safran Additive, the company has received local support for the complex which is expected to create 200 jobs in engineering, production and R&D.   3D printing engines […]

Sciaky Inc. joins ADAPT to develop metal 3D printing

Chicago-based metal 3D printers manufacturer, Sciaky Inc., has joined the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT), a Colorado-based industry-academia consortium. Through this collaboration, the company will further the development of AM and expand the applications of its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) systems to the aerospace industry and other manufacturing sectors. Electron beam melting  […]

Archinaut 3D printing technologies deemed ready for orbit

Technologies inside the Archinaut, a spider-like 3D printing satellite developed by off-world manufacturing company Made In Space, have been declared “prepared to operate in space.” Through testing in a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) simulation, Made In Space demonstrated the Archinaut’s ability to manufacture and assemble a variety of structures. Andrew Rush, President & CEO of […]

Renishaw open day: Manufacturing in Aerospace, The Direction of Travel

This week, Renishaw hosted an open day focusing on the aerospace sector where approximately 150 guests given access to the resources at their Innovation Center in Gloucestershire. In addition to presentations from Airbus, GKN, Rolls-Royce, Castle Precision Engineering, Sandvik Coromant and of course the host company, visitors were also able to see cutting edge advanced […]

Cranfield unveils highest profile WAAM parts to date for BAE Systems and Thales Alenia Space

Cranfield University and spinout company WAAM3D have unveiled two of the most high profile parts they have ever developed using wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) technology. The first, the rear frame for a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, was produced for British defense company BAE Systems and unveiled at the 2019 Additive Manufacturing in Space and Aerospace […]

Cranfield unveils highest profile WAAM parts to date for BAE Systems and Thales Alenia Space

Cranfield University and spinout company WAAM3D have unveiled two of the most high profile parts they have ever developed using wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) technology. The first, the rear frame for a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, was produced for British defense company BAE Systems and unveiled at the 2019 Additive Manufacturing in Space and Aerospace […]