Category Archives: Aerospace

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 […]

Zero 2 Infinity firing rockets from balloons with 3D printed parts

Zero 2 Infinity (Z2I) is a Spanish aerospace company using 3D printing as part of its Bloostar balloon assisted rocket, developed to launch satellites weighing up to 75kg into low Earth orbit. Spanish non-profit, Andalusian Foundation for Aerospace Development (FADA), used 3D printing to produce a rocket combustion chamber for Z2I using Renishaw’s RenAM 500M […]

NASA seeks commercialization of new nozzle specific metal 3D printing technology

Laser Wire Direct Closeout (LWDC) is a patented method of metal 3D printing developed by engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama. Specially created for the additive fabrication of nozzles, the method is competitive in time and price against traditional manufacturing techniques. Now in the process of licensing, NASA is looking to […]

Metal 3D printing experience center inaugurated by Wipro in India

Wipro3D, the additive manufacturing arm of global information technology company Wipro, has launched a metal 3D printing experience center at its headquarters in Bengaluru, India. The 12,000 square feet facility is the first of its kind in the area, and provides existing and potential customers of the technology with a test bed of the latest additive […]

Oerlikon and Boeing partner to bring 3D printed standard to aerospace

Swiss listed technology group Oerlikon (SWX:OERL) has signed a five year metal 3D printing collaboration agreement with leading aircraft manufacturer Boeing (NYSE: BA). Under the terms of the agreement, the two partners will focus on creating standard means of additively manufacturing titanium aircraft parts, that meet flight requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the […]