Rolls-Royce is considering using a 3D printer manufacturer of aircraft engine components and lighter
Lou heng has left the company's technology strategy, said Dr Wapenhans, 3 d printing, also known as additive manufacturing will make Rolls-Royce create better lightweight structure and reduce the delivery time, the British financial times reported.
"3 d printing technology opens up new possibilities, new design space," said Dr Wapenhans. "Through the 3 d printing process, you are not limit [of] have tools to create a shape. You can create any shape you like."
Dr Wapenhans says this technology can be used to reduce support parts of weight. "Studies show that people can create better lightweight structure, because you only take what kind of analogy and bone is how to set up - they are not solid material."
", so simple things like braces can light a lot."
General electric recently said that the company plans to build more than 85000 for its latest jet fuel nozzle, using 3 d printing in a created unit. Components to create direct metal laser melting stronger and lighter than the traditional processing, ge said.
, Dr Wapenhans added portion can be faster, cut the delivery date and get a "stock advantage, reduce the need to store some.
"Is one of the advantages of aerospace in the world, some of the parts, we have a long delivery time, because the process of tool must occur, then you may need to order after the first part of the 18 months -- and printing can be finished quickly.
"Even if the printing, also need a week faster."
Credit Suisse (Credit Suisse) saw a 30% compound annual growth rate of 3 d printing to the expansion of the aerospace. Rolls-Royce's rivals united technologies (utx. N: quote). Pratt &whitney aircraft engine department use 3 d printing in the compressor blade and blade in a jet engine, but also opened a additive manufacturing research center at the university of Connecticut in April. Honeywell aerospace sector employs 3 d printing establish heat exchanger and metal stents.
Advantage, 3 d printing is still the limitation of high cost, and will be faster and cheaper before accounts for a considerable part of industrial production.