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Title: 3D printing in aerospace and its long-term sustainability
Authors: Joshi, Sunil Chandrakant
Sheikh, Abdullah Azhar
Keywords: 3-Dimensional printing
part families
material selection
layer manufacturing technologies
Issue Date: 2015
Source: Joshi, S. C., & Sheikh, A. A. (2015). 3D printing in aerospace and its long-term sustainability. Virtual and Physical Prototyping, 10(4), 175-185.
Series/Report no.: Virtual and Physical Prototyping
Abstract: Astonishingly 3D printing has excited the world of aerospace. This paper takes stock of the popular 3D printing processes in aerospace. Reasons for their popularity over the traditional manufacturing processes are dwelled upon. Materials developed specially for aerospace applications along with their characteristics are discussed. Ongoing activities related to 3D printing at various companies and organisations around the world are looked into. Project works in the area of extra-terrestrial printing are also highlighted. Even though 3D printing processes are operationally simple, they do have limitations in terms of the type, quality, and quantity of the materials they can handle. This paper underlines these points while discussing drawbacks of the printed components. Challenges associated with 3D printing in microgravity are also touched upon. Finally, a glimpse is taken into the future appearance of aerospace industry with 3D printing.
ISSN: 1745-2759
DOI: 10.1080/17452759.2015.1111519
Rights: © 2015 Taylor & Francis. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Virtual and Physical Prototyping, Taylor & Francis. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [].
Fulltext Permission: open
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