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Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Md., is investing $5 million in Ottawa-based materials science company Equispheres to help accelerate the development of high-quality additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, materials and techniques, such as cold spray deposition. Lockheed Martin’s investment enables Equispheres to conduct the research and development needed to build reactors that will produce powders of higher-strength materials, such as steels, cobalt, chrome, and Inconel, a heat- and corrosion-resistant nickel-based alloy containing chromium and iron – materials well suited to aerospace applications.
The first five Airbus BelugaXL aircraft are slated to enter service in 2019. But, to reach that milestone, an exhaustive schedule of test and certification work must be completed.
On June 6, a joint team from Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA) – internationally known as “The French Aerospace Lab” – and Germany’s Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR) completed an eight-day course of static ground vibration testing (GVT) on the new model.
The 3D printing materials market will experience high double-digit growth in the aerospace industry through 2024, as manufacturers of aircraft and spacecraft vehicles and components increasingly adopt and reap the benefits of additive manufacturing, market analysts at Frost & Sullivan in Mountain View, California, predict.
This technique was first developed by a team at the University of Oxford to measure movements of the detectors in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The system at CERN used columnated laser beams, each of which had to be precisely aligned with a single target and required a detector for each line.