3D printing to take off at 2017’s International Paris Air Show

As an early adopter of 3D printing technologies, the aerospace industry has a lot to show in its applications for aircraft parts. A showcase of the best in aviation, the Paris Air Show features many innovative uses of the technology, and the 52nd edition from 19 to 25 June 2017 will be no exception.

New additive manufacturing product releases

The exhibitors list specifies a variety of different companies unveiling additive manufacturing related releases at the show. BeAM Machines will be exhibiting its Modulo machine, capable of 5-axis machining of Directed Energy Deposition (DED). Engineering solutions company Anjou Electronique will be displaying its additive manufacturing capabilities for aerospace; and, specializing in AM for repairs, MK AIR will showcase these utilities particularly in relation to stainless steel and aluminium.

Directed Energy Deposition on a BeAM Machine.

Showcase of software’s support

Italian company Poggipolini will be showing the product of its additive manufacturing partnership Dragonfly, through which the two companies set up a production center in Bologna complete with EOS machines. And Trumpf will be exhibiting the TruPrint 3000 Laser Metal Fusion (LMF) machine, with accompanying software developed in a recent partnership with Siemens.

UK additive solutions and engineering company Renishaw are another exhibitor at the show. The company’s RenAM 500 machine will get a showcase, alongside the specialist QuantAM software that 3D Printing Industry took a closer look at on its release earlier in 2017.

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Head of global additive manufacturing at Renishaw, Clive Martell, comments,

The aerospace industry was an early adopter of additive manufacturing and is rapidly taking advantage of its benefits. As part of the Renishaw commitment to industrialising AM we have developed intuitive software and systems and we are supporting the adoption of AM via our global network of Solutions Centres, where customers can evaluate Renishaw technology and the benefits of AM in a safe environment, at predictable costs, before investing in equipment.

Dassault Systèmes, its parent group, and the specialist Dassault Aviation division will also be returning to the Paris Air Show this year. Incidentally, the topic of aerospace featured heavily in the Future of 3D Printing article from Stephen Chadwick, Managing Director EuroNorth at Dassault.

Industry leaders, such as Airbus and Boeing will of course be at the show, and we’re hoping there may be previews of the forthcoming Beluga XL and the A330neo models.

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Featured image: Aerial display at the Paris Air Show. Photo via siae.fr