Category Archives: Aerospace

$10,000 Air Force toilet seat covers reduced to $300 thanks to 3D printing

Following a letter from U.S. Senator, Chuck Grassley demanding justification for the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) expenditure on $10,000 military aircraft toilet seat covers, Airforce officials have announced that it will now pay $300 to produce the part thanks to 3D printing. “You’ll think: there’s no way it costs that,” said Dr. Will Roper, […]

Lufthansa joins Oerlikon additive manufacturing standards initiative

Lufthansa Technik, the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) division of aerospace company Lufthansa, is to join Swiss technology group Oerlikon in establishing standard additive manufacturing practice for the aerospace industry. Dr. Roland Fischer, CEO, Oerlikon Group, comments, “We are confident that Oerlikon’s extensive expertise in additive manufacturing and the aerospace industry, combined with our proven ability to […]

Made In Space plans to turn asteroids into spaceships using 3D printing technologies

Made In Space, the California-based pioneers of off-world 3D printers, plans to use 3D printing to turn asteroids into autonomous spacecrafts that can potentially fly to mining stations in outer space. This plan is part of the Reconstituting Asteroids into Mechanical Automata (RAMA) Project, which is funded by NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. Through the RAMA […]

U.S Air Force Base could save thousands with 3D printed cup handle

Home to the largest air mobility wing in the U.S. Air Force, the Travis Air Force Base in California is using 3D printing to develop a cost-effective solution for replaceable handles on military-grade thermoses. A thermos, commonly referred to as a “hot cup” in the Air Force, allows aircrew members to securely transport and heat […]

DSTA, Airbus, and Boeing to use additive manufacturing for aircraft maintenance

The Defense Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) of Singapore has signed separate agreements with aerospace industry leaders Airbus and Boeing to integrate additive manufacturing into military aircraft maintenance. Although the finer details of these agreements remain confidential, the DSTA has revealed that it will focus on the reduction of personnel requirements with the development of new […]

RMIT applies metal 3D printing to aircraft maintenance and repair

Professor Milan Brandt at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University is leading a project applying metal 3D printing to service the Australian Defence Forces. Working with national aircraft support service RUAG Australia and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) Brandt’s team at RMIT is using laser metal deposition to cut down the cost of maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) operations. […]

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 […]