Category Archives: Aerospace

Lufthansa Technik opens Additive Manufacturing Center to develop lightweight 3D printed aerospace parts

Lufthansa Technik, the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) division of aerospace company Lufthansa, has established a new Additive Manufacturing Center in Germany to develop lightweight aircraft parts. “The new AM Center will serve as a collaborative hub where the experience and skills that Lufthansa Technik has gained in additive manufacturing can be bundled and further […]

Rolls-Royce Advance3 engine to “pioneer” aerospace with 3D printing and advanced materials

Rolls-Royce has announced that 3D printing is leading the way for the next generation of aircraft engines. The Advance3 engine will form the core of the company’s UltraFan engine design, scheduled for launch in 2025. The Advance3 engine uses 3D printing, or Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM), to make some of the 20,000 components. Also included […]

Rolls-Royce Advance3 engine to “pioneer” aerospace with 3D printing and advanced materials

Rolls-Royce has announced that 3D printing is leading the way for the next generation of aircraft engines. The Advance3 engine will form the core of the company’s UltraFan engine design, scheduled for launch in 2025. The Advance3 engine uses 3D printing, or Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM), to make some of the 20,000 components. Also included […]

NASA and DARPA “next generation” hypersonic project moving forward with 3D printing

A new hypersonic engine made for NASA and DoD advanced tech division DARPA has undergone successful testing according to manufacturing partner Aerojet Rocketdyne of California. Additive manufacturing is a key enabling technology for hypersonic flight, an area the U.S. Department of Defense describes as ‘highest technical priority’ for the country. The testing performed by Aerojet Rocketdyne […]

Watch: Thermwood 3D prints 12 foot aircraft tool for Boeing 777X

Indiana’s Thermwood Corporation, the developer and provider of Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) technology, has conducted a joint demonstration program with global aircraft manufacturer Boeing. Completed in August 2018, the project culminated in Boeing’s purchase of an LSAM system and Thermwood’s delivery of a 12 foot long, 3D printed aircraft trim tool for development on […]

GE Aviation celebrates 30,000th 3D printed fuel nozzle

The GE Aviation plant in Auburn, Alabama, this week celebrated the successful shipping of it’s 30,000th 3D printed fuel nozzle tip. Installed within GE’s LEAP jet engine, the nozzle has been made at the facility since 2018 and marks a significant milestone for production-scale additive manufacturing. Ricardo Acevedo, plant leader for GE Aviation Auburn, comments, “This […]

Launcher succesfully test-fires EOS 3D printed copper rocket engine

Founded in 2017, Launcher is using 3D printing to develop a liquid oxygen (LOX)/kerosene rocket to transport satellites into low-Earth orbit. Now, with the successful test firing of a 3D printed copper alloy E-1 engine, the company is one step further on its 10-year journey to provide low-cost solutions for entrepreneurs seeking commercial satellite launch. […]

Australia science agency report identifies additive manufacturing as key for Space 2.0

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has set out a strategy for, “unlocking future growth opportunities for Australia.” The newly published report joins the earlier CSIRO’s Advanced Manufacturing Roadmap in highlighting the importance of additive manufacturing for the development of the space sector. Australia hopes to benefit from the growing Space industry, enabled […]

Airbus Helicopters commences production of large 3D printed parts for A350 aircraft

Airbus Helicopters, the helicopter manufacturing division of Airbus, has announced the commencement of large-scale production of 3D printed latch shafts for its A350 aircraft in its Donauwörth, Germany facility. The latch shafts, which are used for the doors of the helicopter, are redesigned with lightweight properties and are manufactured using an EOS M 400-4 printer. Luis Martin […]

Sciaky’s EBAM systems adopted by FAMAero for optimized metal 3D printing

Sciaky, Inc., creator of the award-winning Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) system, has announced the delivery of its technology to FAMAero, a privately-owned metal 3D printed parts bureau based in Michigan. With its custom EBAM system FAMAero, an abbreviation for Future Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace, intends to provide cost and time efficient 3D printed components […]