Category Archives: Aerospace

Reaction Engines raises £26.5 million for 3D printed rocket/jet SABRE propulsion

Boeing and Rolls-Royce have invested £26.5 million (approx. $37.6 million) in Reaction Engines Limited, a UK-based aerospace company working on the 3D printing enabled SABRE engine and future hypersonic travel. Capable of Mach 5.4 and Mach 25 speeds, the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE) travels at 5.4 and 25 times the speed of sound, making military […]

Russia’s $2.6 billion jet engine to be made using additive manufacturing

The Aviadvigatel PD-35 is Russia’s next generation airline jet engine. With a projected budget of 160 billion rubles ($2.6 billion) development of the engine is expected for completion in the next 5 years, and additive manufacturing (or additive technology) is tipped to be an important part of the plan. For the engine’s development, Russian commercial aircraft […]

The best aerospace and automotive 3D printing applications of 2018

Voting is close for 3D printing aerospace or automotive application of the year in our 2018 3D Printing Industry Awards. Earlier this year, we shortlisted 10 outstanding applications in aerospace and automotive as nominated by you – the most well-informed readership in the industry. In the interest of keeping the 3D Printing Industry Awards in […]

BigRep and Etihad to define aerospace additive manufacturing roadmap

Large scale industrial additive manufacturing 3D printer provider BigRep is teaming up with Etihad Airways Engineering to develop an additive manufacturing roadmap for the aerospace industry. The plan will focus on ways to develop 3D printing processes and standards for the production of aircraft interiors. Berhard Randerath, Vice President of Engineering, Design & Innovation at Etihad […]

Relativity Space raises $35 million to further first 3D printed rocket on Mars

The Stargate from space exploration technology startup Relativity Space is in development to be “the largest metal 3D printer in the world.” Powered by three robotic arms, the machine promises to build rockets in just a 60 day turnaround, and has its sights set on Mars. Between launch in 2015 and October 2017, the company had […]

Low-cost space exploration enabled by Cornell University’s 3D printed satellites

Space Systems Design Studio (SSDS), a lab in Cornell University’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is 3D printing small satellites for space exploration as part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. A project to provide access to space for non-profits and educational organisations, the CubeSat Launch Initiative is, according to NASA, a “low-cost pathway to conduct […]

Finnair A320 aircraft upgraded by passenger-friendly 3D printing

Finland’s largest airline, Finnair, has added an important cabin feature to its A320 aircraft. In a routine upgrade, the airline has installed the cabin with 3D printed spacer panels. The passenger-facing parts have been made by Airbus in partnership with Belgium’s Materialise, and serve as example of how the airline can save money and reduce service […]

ASTM International to publish new standard for PBF 3D printing

Global standards development organization ASTM International is to publish a standard practice outline for the use of powder bed fusion (PBF) 3D printing technologies. The forthcoming document will help assure the technical repeatability of additive processes which remains one of the main barriers to the widespread adoption of the technology. Popularizing metal 3D printing  ASTM International’s Committee […]

U.S. Air Force advancing hypersonic flight vehicles with 3D printed ceramics

The U.S. Air Force is advancing the development of hypersonic flight vehicles with 3D printed ceramics. The research into applications for the 3D printed ceramic, silicon oxycarbide (SiOC), is conducted under a Collaborative Research and Development – Material Transfer Agreement (CRADA-MTA), between the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Aerospace Systems Directorate and HRL Laboratories, a research center […]