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

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.

program: https://www.aerospace3dprintingconference.com/program/

Interview

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!

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