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3D Printing Technology Development, Applied To The Aerospace Field

Aug 10, 2019

Today, 3D printing has become an important technology to enhance the design and construction capabilities of spacecraft, and its space for use in the aerospace industry is gradually expanding. With the advancement of 3D printing technology, the manufacturing process of aircraft parts has gained new upgrades.


In the 1980s, the United States created 3D printing. Since then, 3D printing technology has been known and developed around the world, which is conducive to the advancement of 3D printing in the fields of architecture, medical care, and education. In the aerospace industry, 3D printing is very suitable for the design and manufacture of high-end, precision parts, so its application value in the aerospace field has received a lot of support.

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The scale of the 3D printing market continues to expand, and the application field is all-encompassing.


In order to integrate into the fashion trend of the times, China has adopted a number of methods to promote the development of the 3D printing industry. In 2017, China formulated the “New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan” and the “Three-Year Action Plan for Promoting the Development of a New Generation of Artificial Intelligence Industry (2018-2020)”, and strived to spur relevant industries to achieve intelligent upgrade through cutting-edge technologies such as 3D printing. And let the artificial intelligence and manufacturing industry deep integration.


Over the past few years, under the guidance of policies, 3D printing technology has matured and the market size of the entire 3D printing industry has continued to expand. In 2016, the market size of China's 3D printing industry exceeded 10 billion yuan, an increase of more than 27% compared with 2015. In 2017, it exceeded 17 billion yuan.


As the market size of the 3D printing industry continues to expand, practitioners in many industries are gradually researching new ways to apply 3D printing to actual scenarios. After continuous research, the application fields of 3D printing have extended from the fields of medical, construction and cultural relics to aerospace, automotive military and other fields.

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3D printing technology has significant advantages, and aviation aviation has become a new hotspot


In order to meet the needs of the development of national defense and science and technology in the new era, the relevant departments of China have taken various measures to promote the construction of the aerospace industry. In this process, the role played by cutting-edge technologies has also been fully valued. The use of emerging technologies such as 3D printing to advance the manufacturing process of aircraft components has also become the industry consensus.


Over the past few years, domestic and foreign companies and research institutes have used 3D printing to build not only spare parts for aircraft, missiles, satellites, and manned spacecraft, but also to manufacture spare parts or finished products such as engines, drones, and microsatellites.


For now, 3D printing is mainly used in the design and manufacture of precision parts such as airplanes and spacecraft in the aerospace industry.


3D printing helps aerospace construction, opportunities and challenges coexist


At present, the application of 3D printing in the aerospace field has achieved very good results, and China's aerospace industry has also entered a critical period of development. At the same time, the application of 3D printing in the aerospace industry is still challenging.


At the same time, the large-scale production of large-scale parts is difficult, and the fatigue strength of the product is difficult to fully meet the airworthiness conditions, lack of uniform manufacturing and calibration standards, etc., all affecting the practical application of 3D printing in the aerospace field.


According to industry analysts, 3D printing has become an important technology to improve the design and manufacturing capabilities of spacecraft. With the large-scale application of 3D printing frontier technology, the manufacturing process, production line, factory mode and industrial chain combination of traditional aerospace equipment Both will face deep adjustments. In the future, the application prospect of 3D printing in China's aerospace industry is embarrassing, and 3D printing will also make a great contribution to the construction of China's aerospace industry.