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Application of 3D printing in aviation field

November 30, 2022

Application of 3D printing in aviation field


The 3D printing process has developed rapidly so far, and it has always been one of the processes widely used in the manufacturing industry. Nowadays, more and more industries benefit from 3D printing technology. Through the simplification of complex parts, more and more customers choose to use it. The cost of this process, especially the 3D printing process nowadays, is getting lower and lower as the technology matures, which is even more beneficial in the aviation field.


1. 3D printing XB-1 supersonic aircraft titanium alloy parts

XB-1 is a supersonic aircraft launched at the end of last year, flying extremely fast. Moreover, there are not many supersonic commercial aircrafts on the market at present. This type of aircraft uses a large number of 3D printed parts. The entire fuselage uses a total of more than 20 3D printed titanium alloy parts, which are used in the aircraft's engine and temperature control system.


2. Provide parts for Boeing 787

Norsk uses the RPD process to transform complex components suitable for structural and safety-critical applications through the use of titanium wires, saving a lot of delivery time and costs for aerospace, defense and commercial customers.


3. Helicopter 3D printed door handle

This is a project of the British National Rapid Prototyping Manufacturing Center (MCAM) to print door handles for second-class helicopters. This is the first attempt at metal 3D printing aircraft. The purpose is to investigate whether 3D printing aircraft parts is a feasible and cost-effective solution. .


4.3D printed airplane runs to the mat

The Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Company of the United States has developed a 3D printed track mat, which uses a honeycomb structure inside, which has the advantages of convenient splicing, light weight, small splicing gap, strong and durable.


5. Private jet 3D printer cabin parts

CMC has 3D printed more than 100 parts, such as switch panels, temperature controller panels, buttons, etc. The material used is flame-retardant micro-carbon fiber filled nylon, and has passed the FAA standard component certification.


6.3D printing fighter door parts

Saab is a Swedish aerospace and defense company. 3D printing can create and repair parts while saving time and costs. In March last year, the company conducted the first test flight of a 3D printed part.