The fact that 3D printing (or Additive Manufacturing) is not a novelty anymore is well established by now. We see more and more industries embracing additive manufacturing in their workflows, although this remains often invisible to the end consumer. In fact, with the summer coming up it is possible that the aircraft you take to your vacation destination has 3D printed parts. Here are some examples of certified 3D printed parts for the aviation industry:
This 3D printed jet engine combustor from GE Aviation, made from a cobalt-chrome alloy, protects the temperature sensor’s delicate electronics from icing and punitive airflows inside the engine.
From Norsk Titanium comes this 3D printed titanium part (also top image). In the background, you can see it its near-net RPD™form. The part is used in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner since 2017.
This is the famous T25 from GE, one of the first 3D printed parts to fly in a commercial jet engine.
A 3D printed fuel nozzle for the LEAP jet engine, also developed by GE.
A 3D printed first class lavatory part in ULTEM 9085 resin, which is a strong, lightweight thermoplastic meeting aircraft’s flame, smoke and toxicity regulations.
Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your own 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.