Airbus Subsidiary Opens Metal 3D Printing Facility

Airbus Subsidiary Opens Metal 3D Printing Facility

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Airbus subsidiary Premium AEROTEC has just reinforced its parent company’s commitment to 3D printing end parts, giving credence to the notion, posited by Airbus’s Peter Sander, that 2016 will see a big increase in 3D printing for industrial end products. The German aerospace manufacturer has just opened its first manufacturing facility for 3D printing titanium aircraft components, where it has begun serial production of metal 3D printed parts. Additionally, Premium AEROTEC is examining the use of Norsk Titanium‘s Rapid Plasma Deposition™ titanium parts for use in the production of the A350 XWB.…

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Circuits from Space! ESA to Develop 3D Printing Breadboard Machine for the ISS

Circuits from Space! ESA to Develop 3D Printing Breadboard Machine for the ISS

By Tyler Koslow

3D printing has certainly impacted a lot of industries down here on Earth, but numerous projects show that the true potential of this maturing tech may be best suited for outer space. As of late, the European Space Agency has certainly recognized 3D printing as an important tool in the space race, having just awarded €500k to a team that developed a new cold spraying technology that enables metal to be 3D printed at room temperatures (helping to eliminate possible heat-based distortion and damage to metal components).…

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The Lunar Quattro Rover: One Small Step for Audi, One Giant Leap for 3D Printing

The Lunar Quattro Rover: One Small Step for Audi, One Giant Leap for 3D Printing

By Tyler Koslow

When it comes to implementing 3D printing in the manufacturing of automotive vehicles, German automobile company Audi has demonstrating their own use of the technology on a regular basis. Late last year, Audi had announced that their future use of metal-based 3D printing is imminent, and had even produced a fully 3D printed functional replica of the 1936 Auto Union Type C Grand Prix racer. Now, Audi is taking these efforts from planet Earth into outer space, collaborating with and sponsoring the Berlin-based team from Part Time Scientist to create the 3D printed Audi Lunar Quattro moon rover.…

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New Ceramic 3D Printing Method Able to Withstand over 2,500°F

New Ceramic 3D Printing Method Able to Withstand over 2,500°F

By Tyler Koslow

Throughout the brief and ever-shifting history of ceramic-based 3D printing, many of the field’s innovators have found success with printing in ceramic material by using a FDM-like process, which works by building up the design layer by layer. When it comes to high-performance ceramics, however, companies like Lithoz and Prodways use photopolymerization processes. Malibu, California-based HRL Laboratories has taken this to a whole new level, using their stereolithography-like approach to 3D print ceramic materials with amazing industrial properties. The development and benefits behind this newly derived ceramic 3D printing method were first detailed in the academic journal Science, and is being touted as a new process that can definitely withstand the heat.…

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Airbus Is Ready for Industrialization of 3D Printing in 2016, Peter Sander Reveals

Airbus Is Ready for Industrialization of 3D Printing in 2016, Peter Sander Reveals

By Davide Sher

January is the time of the year where we make forecasts on what is going to happen. As I have written before, at an industrial level, this is going to be the year where we are going to see the first examples of fully automated additive factories actually go beyond case studies and into widespread implementation. This is happening primarily because – after dental, medical and jewelry – now the aerospace industry is beginning to use ALM (Additive Layer Manufacturing) to make many, serial, final parts.…

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