Category Archives: Aerospace

Interview: Rocket Lab reaches orbit for first time, announces new advance for 3D printing powered mission

Rocket Lab, a US aerospace company, has successfully reached orbit for the first time. Powering the mission is a 3D printed engine, as we reported after the first successful launch in May 2017, the Electron’s Rutherford engine “is the first of its kind to use 3D printing for all primary components.” On the afternoon of […]

3D printing 10 times cheaper than machining for Moog Aircraft Group

FDM 3D printing proves better than traditional manufacturing in this latest case study from Moog Aircraft Group (NYSE:MOG.A) and leading Stratsys reseller SYS Systems. As a solution for spare parts and tooling, fused deposition modeling (FDM) is the 3D printing technology of choice for cutting costs and lead times at factories around the world. In recent […]

Metal 3D printed engine parts flown on Finnish Air Force F/A-18 Super Hornet

3D printed metal parts could soon power the Finnish Air Force. Patria Plc, a chief provider of aerospace and defence solutions for the Finnish government and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace, has added a 3D printed engine component to an F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter plane. On 5th January 2018, the F/A-18 made its maiden flight including the 3D […]

Latécoère cuts lead times by 95% with switch to 3D printing

Latécoère, a French aerospace manufacturer that makes parts for the likes of Airbus, Bombardier and Dassault Systèmes has embraced Stratasys FDM 3D printing in its design and production process. In doing so, Latécoère has seen a significant reduction in lead times for prototypes, a reduction in custom tooling times from six weeks to two days, […]

Blast off for 3D printing in Austrian Space Forum’s simulated Mars mission

3D printing is to play a key role in AMADEE-18, a month-long simulated field mission to Mars led by the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) with the support of the Sultanate of Oman. The mock-Mars mission will see scientists from 25 nations travel to Dhofar, a barren region of Oman sharing many geological surface features with […]

IDC forecasts worldwide spending on 3D printing to be nearly $12 billion in 2018

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has updated its Worldwide Semiannual 3D Printing Spending Guide forecasting market-wide spending on additive manufacturing throughout 2018. IDC’s international team of analysts looked at key markets across 9 regions including Europe, Asia/Pacific and the U.S. In the trifecta of 3D printing, hardware will constitute $6.9 billion, materials $6.7 billion, and […]

Honeywell approves Sintavia to 3D print metal aerospace components

Metal additive manufacturing company Sintavia has announced that it has been approved to manufacture components for Honeywell Aerospace using powder bed fusion, becoming the first Tier One additive manufacturer to occupy such a role.  Honeywell Aerospace, which has previously entered into 3D printing R&D contracts with Sigma Labs and 3D Systems, granted Sintavia approval following […]

GE successfully tests ATP engine featuring over 30% 3D printed alloys

GE has announced the successful test-fire of its Advanced Turboprop (ATP) Engine at a GE Aviation test cell near Prague, Czech Republic. Around a third of the ATP engine, which has been in development for the past two years, consists of 3D printed titanium parts, making it the first commercial aircraft engine to do so. […]

3D Printing Industry Review of the year April 2017

April Fools! One of the most popular articles this month was Formlabs’ prank launch of Form 2 Breakfast Extensions. However, in the days that followed, the 3D printing industry saw many innovation that would continue to be referenced throughout the year. Exclusive insights This month the 2017 Wholers Report, an annual worldwide progress document of […]

75 million contract signed by ESA for Ariane Group’s 3D printing enabled rocket engine

The Ariane Group has signed a new contract with the European Space Agency for a next generation rocket engine. The contract, signed on December 14th, will see the development of the Prometheus engine, described as “a very low cost engine” and intended for launches from 2030. The economics of space are changing with enterprises such […]