The United States Air Force (USAF) has certified 3D printed latrine cover as the first aircraft part to be used built using additive manufacturing, Travis Air Force Base announced Monday.
"The latrine covers we just printed usually take about a year from the time they've been ordered to the time they've been delivered. We printed two of the covers in 73 hours," said MSgt. John Higgs, 60th Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals technology section chief said.
The 3D printed latrine covers will replace the existing ones on the Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy large military transport plane. The Project was completed on 12 August.
The 60th Maintenance Squadron is the first field unit in the Air Force to be certified with an industrial-sized Stratasys F900 3D printer that is authorized to produce non-structural aircraft parts, USAF stated.
The Stratasys F900 3D printer is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Air Force Advanced Technology and Training Center. It is capable of printing plastic parts up to 36-by-24-by-36 inches, using Ultem 9085, a flame-retardant high-performance thermoplastic regarded as more flexible, dense and stronger than typical plastic.
The Air Force has been experimenting with 3D printing since 2015. In January 2019, a 3D printed Titanium cockpit part became the first to be installed on F-22 Raptor fighter plane. It replaced a conventional Aluminum part.
Russian Helicopters is planning to re-engineer and manufacture nearly 30 different helicopter parts using 3D printing technology, starting from 2020. "This year we are finishing the re-engineering of around 30 different parts and details that will be manufactured using additive technologies
Google has pulled down three-dimensional satellite images of Taiwan from its map service, ‘Google Maps after it exposed the location and structures of Taiwans classified Patriot missile defense base in Xindian district, New Tapei . The company issued a statement last Saturday stating that it has already removed the 3D imaging service of four cities in Taiwan following problems brought about by a recent update to Google Maps
Su-30MKI manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be fitted with an elbow for its fuel system made for the first time using additive manufacturing technology. The 3D printed fuel system elbow part is certified by Centre of Military Airworthiness & Certification (CEMILAC)
Boeing announced investment in Digital Alloys, Inc., that develops high-speed, multi-metal additive manufacturing systems for 3D-printed parts for aerospace and other production applications
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