Additive Manufacturing Innovation Trends in Aerospace

Alkaios Bournias Varotsis

by Alkaios Bournias Varotsis, Additive Manufacturing Consultant, Additivist

Aerospace was one of the first industries to embrace Additive Manufacturing. In recent years, we’ve seen companies adopt AM to both drive the design of new, high-efficiency components that are impossible to manufacture with other methods and to optimise the operational efficiencies of their MRO supply chains.

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Streamlining UAV construction via Additive Manufacturing and composite materials

Josè Antonio Almenanara

by Josè Antonio Almenanara, CRP Technology

High performance composite materials has taken additive manufacturing technologies to new heights with the production of structural parts for the new generation of Unmanned Aerial System and Space mission.

The paper describes the application of reinforced composite materials developed for motorsport industry that are now finding inroads into uses in the construction of 3D-printed functional parts of UAVs and Space SmallSats.

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Metal Additive Manufacturing is media partner of Aerospace 3D Printing Conference


Aerospace 3D Printing Conference welcomes Metal Additive Manufacturing as media partner

About Metal Additive Manufacturing

Metal AM magazine is the leading news source for commercial and technical developments in the metal AM / 3D printing industry. Published quarterly in print and online, each issue features a number of exclusive in-depth articles and special features on metal AM, as well as our extensive industry news rundown. Each new issue of Metal AM, as well as the complete archive, is available to download free of charge.

Metal AM, or 3D printing, offers the possibility to produce complex parts without the design constraints of traditional manufacturing routes. Metal MA, also known as metal 3D printing, offers unrivalled design freedom with the ability to manufacture parts from a wide range of materials.

Components that would not have even been possible just a few years ago can now be made to high standards using a wide range of metal powders. No longer solely a prototyping technology, Additive Manufacturing is now being used for the production of series components for the most demanding applications.

Additive Manufacturing, also referred to as 3D Printing, is a technology that produces three-dimensional parts layer by layer from a material, be it polymer or metal based. The method relies on a digital data file being transmitted to a machine that then builds the component.

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Avio Aero 3Dprints parts for the Catalyst engine for the Cessna Denali

Up to ten GE Catalyst components will be produced in this area. The engine’s first flight is scheduled for the end of 2019. It is the first turboprop engine in the world with almost 30% of its internal metal parts 3D printed. In Brindisi, work has already begun on three of these ten additive components. This number will continue to grow as the number of GE Additive-Concept Laser machines DMLM (Direct Metal Laser Melting) does. Continue reading “Avio Aero 3Dprints parts for the Catalyst engine for the Cessna Denali”

3d printing composites for aerospace: challenges, applications and use cases

fedor antonov

by Fedor Antonov, Anisoprint

Anisoprining is a new way of design and production things from composites with continuous fibers. Anisoprinted parts are stronger, lighter and cheaper than their counterparts from the other materials. This approach to producing objects can significantly change the manufacturing process in many fields including aerospace.



What drives you?
I’m driven by the endless opportunities additive manufacturing can provide. If you just imagine how dramatically it can change the way we create stuff, the way we use it and the way it looks, you will strive to make it happen. I think this is what drives most of us in the 3D printing community.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
We have a vision of the future of composites manufacturing that is exciting. It opens an opportunity of using composite materials in much wider applications, replacing more parts with more optimal structures, increasing efficiency and economics of aerospace products.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
There is so much unrevealed potential in composite materials, so much more possibilities and applications. The 21st century should become the century of composite materials. The power of composite materials is in their anisotropy: before we were only optimizing the shape of things, now we will be able to optimize their internal structure also.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
We will face a huge shift in the way things are made and look. They will be more bionic, integral, multi-material, adaptive. Hence more efficient, green, less resource-intensive. This is only possible with composites.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
The main challenge is in overcoming the existing mindset, we call it “metal thinking”. To start making things differently, we must first start thinking differently. This mindset is very hard to break in engineering, but if we entrust “thinking” to artificial “minds”, when the algorithm-driven designs will get the practical proof, when we will see the results and start to trust them, the mindset will change very quickly.

“Special Quote”
Stop metal thinking. Think composite.

About Fedor Antonov

Ph.D. in Fundamental Mechanics, 10+ year of academic and industrial experience in design and optimization of composite materials and structures.

About Anisoprint

3D printers, materials and software for manufacturing composite parts: stronger, lighter and cheaper than metal. Stop metal thinking, start anisoprinting!