Billions of dollars in investments along with years of R&D in metal and composite 3D printing are beginning to pay off for the aerospace industry as 3D-printed engine parts pass their testing phase and become integrated into final designs. Collaboration between startups, larger companies, and 3D printing services has led to engines with less assembly parts, better fuel economies, and a shorter time to market. 

3D printing with metal has enabled several major breakthroughs in the aerospace industry this past year. Companies such as NASA and General Electric have invested in testing and developing new alloys that can be 3D printed to survive high speed, high heat environments, all while optimizing the engine’s strength-to-weight ratio. Additive manufacturing (AM) can reduce scrap metal by up to 90% compared to subtractive manufacturing for better material costs. 

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