South Africa Leveraging Vast Titanium Reserves to Develop 3D Printing Industry

Published by , March 7, 2017 12:20 pm

(AKInsider) Researchers at South Africa’s government-backed Aeroswift research project are developing the world’s largest titanium powder-based additive manufacturing machine. Boeing and Airbus are in discussions with Aeroswift to make titanium aircraft parts using 3D printing technology.
Access to vast titanium reserves should give South Africa a competitive edge, say researchers with South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in partnership with local aerospace firm Aerosud Innovation Centre. South Africa ranks fourth in world for titanium reserves after China, Australia and India, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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