Should companies uncover methods of 3D printing with materials more durable than the soft plastics that get used in consumer printers, the technology could be a boon for industry as a whole, and Norsk Titanium has found just such a methodology. The company is able to 3D print titanium units, and it plans to use that system to generate airplane parts for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet airliner.
Norsk Titanium's 3D-printed airplane parts were recently approved for use by the Federal Aviation Authority after a rigorous testing phase. This approval is massive for Boeing, as the incredibly efficient manufacturing process has the potential to save the company between $2 million and $3 million per jet.
Boeing and Norsk Titanium expect to start using the 3D-printed parts in jets in 2018.
Norsk Titanium Has Developed a 3D Printing Process for Titanium Parts
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