Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a process for making parts by joining materials layer by layer. While formerly reserved mainly for producing sample or prototype parts, the technology has evolved over the years to enable manufacturers to make fully-functional composite production parts for automotive, aerospace, medical and a wide range of other markets. Additive manufacturing encompasses a range of technologies, among them laser sintering, fused deposition modeling, stereolithography and more. Additive manufacturing processes that use fiber reinforcement typically employ discontinuous fibers, although there are several technologies coming onto the market that allow the application of continuous fiber reinforcement.
Boeing Thermwood 3D-printed tool using LSAM

Boeing and Thermwood

The Boeing Co. (Chicago, IL, US) and Thermwood Corp. (Dale, IN, US) have employed additive manufacturing technology to produce a large, single-piece tool for the 777X program.

Accelerating materials insertion: Where do virtual allowables fit?

In the quest to reduce the time and cost for aerocomposite design allowables development, will conventional physical testing and virtual testing go head-to-head or work side-by-side?

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Thermwood's LSAM 1010 offers lower-cost, walled large-scale additive option

The LSAM 1010 uses the walls from the company’s larger LSAM systems with the gantry, control and sub-systems from the similarly-sized LSAM MT.