US Airforce & America Initiative to Investigate 3D-Printing of Replacement Parts for Old Planes

Published by , May 25, 2018 11:31 am

(ManufacturingGlobal) The US Airforce has launched research entitled the Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-cost Sustainment (MAMLS) to investigate 3D printed replacement parts for old planes. The initiative includes industry leaders within additive manufacturing and aerospace, including 3D Systems, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK, and Northrop Grumman. The project, which has reached its third stage, will be overseen by America Makes and led by the University of Dayton Research.
The US Airforce will examine how Figure 4 3D Printing Platform can reproduce components for aircrafts that are no longer in production. The US Airforce often requires out-of-production parts due to manufacturing obsolescence, poor documentation, and costs-to-create.

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