Boeing and Oerlikon, a technology and engineering group, signed a five-year collaboration agreement to develop standard materials and processes for metal-based additive manufacturing in aerospace applications.
Additive manufacturing, popularly known as 3D printing, is a controlled process in which material is joined or solidified to create a three-dimensional part.
“This agreement is an important step toward fully unlocking the value of powder bed titanium additive manufacturing for the aerospace industry,” said Leo Christodoulou, Boeing Chief Technologist. “Boeing and Oerlikon will work together to standardize additive manufacturing operations from powder management to finished product and thus enable the development of a wide range of safe, reliable and cost-effective structural titanium aerospace components.”
Dr. Roland Fischer, CEO Oerlikon Group said: “This program will drive the faster adoption of additive manufacturing in the rapidly growing aerospace, space and defense markets. Working together with Boeing will define the path in producing airworthy additive manufacturing components for serial manufacturing.”
Boeing and Oerlikon will use the data from this collaboration to support the qualification of additive manufacturing suppliers to produce metallic components using a variety of machines and materials. The research will initially focus on industrializing titanium powder bed fusion additive manufacturing and ensuring parts made with this process meet the flight requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Defense. The strong collaboration between Boeing and Oerlikon will enable the companies to meet the current challenges to qualify materials and processes for aerospace and provide a route for the adoption of additive manufacturing with a qualified supply chain that achieves quality and cost targets.
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The worlds first class-approved 3D printed ships propeller, the WAAMpeller, has been unveiled at Damen Shipyard Groups headquarters in the Netherlands and has been approved to be installed on a ship. Containing 298 layers of 3D printing, the propeller is the result of a collaboration between RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk, Bureau Veritas and Damen
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3D printing of aircraft and other defense parts certainly transforms the military support environment but the threat of counterfeit parts could fuel a grey market. “The threat of counterfeit parts from easily accessible 3D printers, coupled with the endless amount of designs available on the Internet, could fuel a black market, Graham Grose, industry director at the IFS Aerospace & Defence Center of Excellence said in an interview with Defenseworld
The Russian United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC) presented the first 3D-printed reconnaissance drone that can be created in a single day at Innoprom exhibition-2016. “Rostec presented the first Russian drone reconnaissance made by a 3D-printer, tiltrotor RHV-35, LADA Vesta on the gas engine, OP Sight 1x4 for civilian shooting products, satellite system ‘Aurora remote sensing ‘KAMAZ cabin, ‘Transformer and other products at the International Industrial Exhibition, Innoprom 2016,” the company said in a statement Monday
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