UK unveils 1.2m titanium wingspar 3D printed in one piece

One of the largest 3D printed metal parts has been made in the UK, demonstrating how 3D printing technology could revolutionise the way aircraft are produced in the future.

In a collaborative project, led by Cranfield University, researchers from BAE Systems at Samlesbury and Warton designed the part which is known in the industry as a spar section and sits longitudinally to form part of an aircraft wing structure. Cranfield University has a long history in Additive Manufacturing and in 1994 developed Shaped Metal Deposition (SMD) for Rolls Royce for engine casings and other processes.
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