What are the advantages of 3D printing in Aerospace manufacturing?

Boeing expects to save $2 million to $3 million on each of its Boeing 787s through 3D-printed parts.

Recently, Simple Flying highlighted the weight savings of the General Electric GE9X engine as a result of the additive manufacturing (AM) techniques employed by the OEM. The company combined more than 300 engine parts into only seven through Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing software that directs machines to deposit specialized material, layer upon layer, in precise geometric shapes. The process repeats until the entire part is created.

Depending on the strength requirements, the parts must undergo extensive testing before being installed on the engines. Advanced AM technologies like electron beam melting (EBM) and direct metal laser melting (DMLM) drive much of the AM growth. These processes produce high-value parts and functional prototypes in aviation, aerospace, and beyond. This article discusses the applications and advantages of 3D printing in the aerospace industry.

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