29 Apr '13, 10am

Aircraft Engine Maker Opens Additive Manufacturing Lab

This month, we told you about a Lux Research report on the future of 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM). That report said business relationships among AM machine makers and users will need to change as large manufacturers bring these technologies in-house and work to increase control over materials and processes. We also speculated about whether some manufacturers with specialized needs might bring 3D printing and other AM techniques under their control by outright acquisition, investment, or other types of monetary support. We're still waiting on that, but the aircraft engine maker Pratt & Whitney has opened a lab at the University of Connecticut that will use two different technologies to advance R&D for AM processes that produce metals. Arcam's A2X electron beam melting systems, typically used in aerospace applications, are featured in a new additive manufactur...

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