Next Level Titanium 3D Printing
3. June 2019
Material scientists at JOANNEUM RESEARCH have succeeded in raising the 3D printing of titanium parts for aircraft to a new level of quality. The "printed" components are 13% lighter with the same mechanical stability compared to traditional methods. The 3D printing was further developed especially in the area of the laser speed and the required amount of energy. Aircraft manufacturers are increasingly turning to new manufacturing processes to save on fuel costs.
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.
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