Category Archives: Aerospace

Thermwood’s LSAM machines 3D print 20 foot helicopter blade mold for Bell

Indiana’s Thermwood Corporation has used it’s Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) technology to 3D print what is believed to be the largest autoclave capable tool ever made. It was produced for American aerospace manufacturer Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. The tool, capable of distributing elevated temperatures and pressures in an enclosed chamber, will be used by […]

NASA awards Copper 3D grant for 3D printing antibacterial medical devices in space

Copper 3D, a US-based Chilean 3D printing materials company, has received another grant from NASA. The money has been awarded to test the properties of antibacterial 3D printing materials for medical devices on the International Space Station (ISS). The funding was issued by NASA Nebraska Space Grant, one of the 52 space grant consortium in […]

CRP Technology creates aircraft wind tunnel model with 3D printed exterior

CRP Technology, an Italian additive manufacturing materials company, has 3D printed multiple parts for a wind tunnel model of the tiltrotor AW609 aircraft. Using SLS and CRP Technology’s Windform carbon-composite materials allowed the model to be completed and tested within four days. The full 1:8.5 scale model prototype of the AW609 was made by Leonardo, an Italian […]

3D printing applied to MRO of F/A-18 Hornet by U.S. Marines

At the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, southern Japan, 3D printing is now in use to keep F/A-18 Hornet multirole fighters airborne. MCAS Iwakuni engineers have devised two products that reduce the time it takes to repair the fighter jets, saving costs for the U.S. Department of Defense. The products help with the […]

Blue Origin begins construction of $200 million rocket engine factory

Blue Origin, LLC, the private American aerospace company of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has started building a factory in Huntsville, Alabama for its 3D printing-inclusive rocket engines. Set to open in 2020, the new facility will cost $200 million to build and is expected to create hundreds of jobs for the local industry. The focus […]

ESA contracts OHB to develop large-scale 3D printer prototype for the ISS

OHB SE, a German space and technology group, has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) through its subsidiary, OHB System AG, to develop a 3D printer prototype for the International Space Station (ISS). As part of the new IMPERIAL Project, the additive manufacturing system will be built for large part production using […]

€500,000 available in Metalysis and ESA space exploration competition

The European Space Agency (ESA) and UK metallurgic company Metalysis have launched a €500,000-reward competition to devise systems that will aid space exploration. The competition is to design a process-monitoring system that works with Metalysis’s existing electrochemical cells. These cells convert refined oxides and ores into metal alloy powders, including those used in 3D printing […]

Relativity Space to launch 3D printed rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Relativity Space, a Californian aerospace startup, has signed a contract with the U.S. Air Force to operate its own launch facility on one of their sites. The agreement permits the company to test its 3D printed rockets at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The company plans the first launch of its Terran […]

Relativity Space to launch 3D printed rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Relativity Space, a Californian aerospace startup, has signed a contract with the U.S. Air Force to operate its own launch facility on one of their sites. The agreement permits the company to test its 3D printed rockets at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The company plans the first launch of its Terran […]

F-22 Raptor fitted with 3D printed titanium part

Metal additive manufacturing takes another step forward as Hill Air Force Base announces the successful installation of a 3D printed titanium part for the F-22 jet. The F-22 Raptor fighter jet has a maximum speed of 1500 mph and costs $412M. Manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, says “The F-22 is the world’s most dominant fighter.” A total […]