FAA Developing Comprehensive Regulatory Plan to Deal With Aerospace Industry’s Adoption of 3D Printing Technology
“One major industry that has made a point of adopting 3D printing technology for many of its projects is aerospace. Multiple US aerospace companies, and the government, have been researching, using, and promoting the use of 3D printing. The always evolving technology has been used to make new materials for aerospace, as well as interior aircraft parts, dividing walls, and business class seats, high-speed turbines and aircraft wings, and smaller components, such as hydraulic components, nozzles, and sensor housings. We’ve even seen an entire 3D printed plane.
Reducing the weight, and functional complexity, of parts and components in the aerospace and defense industry can really ramp up performance; it also brings down the overall cost and energy. However, 3D printed aircraft parts in the US can’t fly very far without the ever-important approval of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The government agency even had to give its stamp of approval for the first drone package delivery back in 2015…”
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