By 2050 you could be flying in one of these

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The latest revolution has taken on 3D proportions - but could 3D printing seriously be the shape of things to come in the aviation industry?

Everything boils down to costs and this process, which started out as a fast and affordable means to put a prototype together is being adapted to create actual working parts.
This includes new printing techniques such as electron-beam melting and the use of materials, including titanium, ceramic, and resin.

An Airbus designer has gone so far as to produce a blueprint for 3D printed plane. The leading international aircraft manufacturer is reportedly looking at ways to use 3D printing to construct an aircraft from the ground up, with giant 3D printers by 2050.

In its goal to produce individual components that are lighter and stronger Airbus entered into a partnership with South African aviation company Aerosud, with the local R&D implementation organisation CSIR forming an essential building block in its 3D printed aviation future strategy.

Together they have been exploring the application of titanium powder-based additive layer manufacturing for constructing large scale complex components - if successful in its implementation, the project outcomes will flow into Airbus’ supply chain where the parts, once tested and evaluated, will be assembled in Airbus’ aircrafts.

Tell us, would you fly in one of these?

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