Titanium parts from the 3D printer for lighter aircraft
Graz-based materials scientists are researching how titanium powder can be melted into tailor-made, lightweight components.
To save on fuel costs, aircraft manufacturers are trying to reduce the weight of their products. In the focus are therefore materials such as titanium, magnesium or fiber-reinforced plastics. At the same time, new production processes enable lean, material-saving component designs. Material scientists from JOANNEUM RESEARCH combine both approaches. In the “3dAeroTiP” project, which is funded by the FFG, they are working on producing components made from the titanium-aluminum-vanadium alloy Ti6Al4V in a 3D printer.