China 3D Printing Military and Commercial Aircraft Components
(3Ders.org) China is the world’s largest manufacturing country and as such is very interested in developing and integrating 3D printing technology. The aerospace industry is an important market for the production of 3D printed parts. China believes that 3D printing technology will promote its upgrading of the aircraft industry. Aeronautical materials expert Wang Huamin at Beihang University created the world’s largest 3D laser printer so far. His team used rapid prototyping technology to produce titanium alloy landing-gear and a large main force-bearing frame for the C919 aircraft which was printed as one piece. Sun Cong, chief architect of the Shenyang J-15–the fighter aircraft also known as the Flying Shark–revealed that 3D printing has been widely used in designing and producing its military aircraft.