Airbus 3D printing Aerospace in Germany, General Electric 3DP Facility in India and Missouri S&T and Honeywell five-year metal 3D printing research project
Airbus Group will be establishing a new 3D printing centre in Munich, Germany, dubbed the ‘Aerospace Factory.’ Based at the Ludwig Bölkow Campus, an interdisciplinary venture between industry and universities at the Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen site, the Aerospace Factory will research and apply innovative 3D printing materials and production methods for the aerospace industry, with a focus on developing lightweight, cost-efficient, and structurally complex propulsion systems.
In addition to the 3D printing Aerospace Factory, Airbus Group also announced a new partnership with Siemens in the field of electric flight, inaugurated a new material research laboratory, and celebrated a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for its upcoming E-Aircraft System House. You can read more at 3Ders.
General Electric announced that they will be opening up a $200 million manufacturing facility in Chakan, located in the Pune district of the Indian State of Maharashtra. The plant will feature advanced 3D printing technology, capable of churning out high level plastic, and eventually metal parts, used for jets, engines, and turbines. It will be the first plant in India which is dedicated to manufacturing via 3D printing, and will create a significant number of new jobs for the area, which is located in the western part of Maharashtra. 3Dprint.com has the scoop.
A team of researchers from the Missouri University of Science and Technology are collaborating with Kansas-based Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies to further develop metal 3D printing and to identify various factors that affect the additive manufacturing process. Together, the institutions will work on a five-year project aimed at performing material analysis for selective laser melting (SLM) processes.
The project, along with a team of seven Missouri S&T professors, is being led by Dr. Ming Leu, the Keith and Pat Bailey Missouri Distinguished Professor of Integrated Product Manufacturing and the director of the Intelligent Systems Center at Missouri S&T. Read more at 3Ders.