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Supersonic Aircraft with 3D Printing

 

Artist’s impression of the Boom XB-1 demonstrator, which will be produced using 3D printing techniques. Photo: Boom Supersonic/Stratasys

Boom Supersonic has signed a three-year technical partnership with Stratasys to use 3D printing to produce aircraft parts and advanced composite tooling.

A Stratasys statement said: “Aimed at shaping the future of high-speed aviation, this three-year agreement was signed to help Boom accelerate production of advanced tooling and production-grade aircraft parts based on Stratasys FDM 3D printing technology.

“By leveraging the design freedom, production speed, and heightened cost efficiencies of additive manufacturing, Boom plans for the first flight of their XB-1 supersonic demonstrator to take place next year.

“The company is deploying Stratasys FDM-based Fortus 450mc and F370 3D Printers — both designed to produce on-demand parts leveraging production-grade thermoplastics, as well as advanced manufacturing tools that perform even under aviation’s most challenging environments.”

Boom Supersonic’s XB-1 supersonic airliner will fly 2.6 times faster than any other aircraft on the market today.

Blake Scholl, Founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic, said: “Today’s significant advances in aerodynamics, engine design, additive manufacturing, and carbon fibre composite materials are transforming the industry at all levels. Additive manufacturing helps accelerate development of a new generation of aircraft.”

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