Printed Parts Take Flight

Printed Parts Take Flight

(3D Cad World, 6/23/17)

As the aerospace industry moves toward supersonic travel and other innovations, 3D printing is keeping pace. Last week, Boom Supersonic announced a partnership with 3D-printer-maker Stratasys. Meanwhile, Airbus recently debuted a mini 3D-printed aircraft.

Boom will accelerate production of advanced tooling and production-grade aircraft parts using Stratasys FDM 3D printing technology.

The first flight of Boom’s XB-1, the company’s supersonic demonstrator is expected to take place next year. The supersonic airliner should be able to fly 2.6 times faster others on the market By accelerating to 1,451 miles per hour, the planes could reduce typical New York to London flight times of seven hours to just over three hours, according to Blake Scholl, founder of Boom, which is headquartered in Denver.

“Supersonic flight has existed for over 50 years, but the technology hasn’t existed to make it affordable for routine commercial travel,” Scholl said. “Additive manufacturing helps accelerate development of a new generation of aircraft.”

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