The last two years (2015 and 2016) could be looked upon as the tipping point for direct metal printing (DMP) within the aerospace industry, as the technology increasingly made the jump beyond prototyping to production parts and assemblies ready for flight.
Like many other cutting edge technologies – artificial intelligence, big data analytics – additive manufacturing (3D printing) has been incorporated into daily use at Land Rover BAR with the help of the team’s Technical Innovation Group (TIG). In this case, TIG partner Renishaw, a global metrology firm which manufactures metal additive manufacturing machines, as well as working with the more familiar 3D printing in plastics for its own prototyping.
Researchers at IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) have developed an innovative methodology based on CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and 3D printing techniques for the design and manufacture of a metal chemical reactor for the production of clean fuels. While metal 3D printing is already widely used by the aviation and automobile sectors, this is a unique technical feat for a chemical reactor operating under high pressure and temperature conditions, bringing into play reactions between gases, liquids and solids.
Stratasys Ltd. the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company unveiled the enhanced Objet Connex3, with the goal of helping the additive manufacturing industry bridge the technology adoption chasm by making the power of multi-color and multi-material 3D printing more accessible to all.