February 18, 2013
China commercializes 3D printing in aviation
China looks to lower the cost of 3D printing and make large titanium components to build the next-gen fighter jet and self-developed passenger plane. ZDNet reports.
By using laser additive manufactured titanium parts in its aviation industry, China is looking to become a global leader in commercializing 3D printing technology.
The laser additive manufacturing technology not only lowers the cost of titanium parts to only 5 percent of the original, it also reduces the weight of the components and enhances the strength of complicated parts.
As much as 40 percent of the weight can be reduced if the forged titanium parts on an American F-22 were made using the Chinese 3D printing technology, according to a a report on Chinese Web site, Guancha Zhe.
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