Interesting partnerships are currently happening in the aerospace industry while Postprocess Technologies continues to expand in Europe.

Rapid Application Group to supply FAA-certified 3D printed parts to Metro Aerospace

Rapid Application Group (RAG) has signed a manufacturing agreement with Metro Aerospace in order to supply FAA-certified parts using SLS additive manufacturing.

Metro Aerospace, based in Dallas TX, delivers Microvanes that reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency in both military and civilian aircraft and was the first company to achieve FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for 3D printed parts designed for use on an aircraft exterior.

RAG, a defense contract parts supplier, has been building a reputation for innovative, cost-effective, and fast provision of mission-critical parts in aerospace and defense manufacturing by applying both traditional as well as additive manufacturing methodologies. The company has more than seven different additive manufacturing technologies enabling the team to apply the best solutions to each challenge.

Microvanes were originally developed and patented by Lockheed Martin, and Metro holds the exclusive global license for the production, sale and distribution of the product. Metro’s mission is to deliver new and innovative ways to improve aircraft performance through advanced manufacturing and state-of-the-art materials.

Microvanes are now in use on cargo aircraft across five continents and deliver up to a 4% reduction in fuel consumption and a related reduction in carbon emissions, as well reducing engine wear and overall cost of operation. They are in use on multiple variants of the C-130 aircraft across the world, and have also been optimized for the C-17 GlobeMaster aircraft.

Burloak Technologies becomes a certified metal 3D printing supplier of Boeing

Aerospace company Boeing has approved Burloak Technologies Inc as a metal 3D printing supplier of aluminum AlSi10Mg components for the Boeing BAC 5673 specification. Burloak Technologies is the division of Samuel, Son & Co., Limited and one of the first additive manufacturers to achieve this qualification. 

This approval marks the completion of a qualification process that included a rigorous evaluation of Burloak’s capabilities by Boeing. We would like to thank Boeing’s additive manufacturing team for its collaborative approach,” stated Peter Adams, Burloak’s Founder and Chief Innovation Officer. “Together, we developed a well-defined specification that has demonstrated robust, repeatable processes to produce flight components using additive manufacturing.”

PostProcess further expands in EU Market

PostProcess Technologies Inc. has added two partners to its international Channel Partner network: Excelencia-Tech and 3D Bonum. As both brands share a similar mission to usher in the adoption of innovative 3D printing technology, they are eager to share the transformative efficiencies of PostProcess’s digitized post-printing solutions with their customer bases.

Based in Barcelona, Spain, Excelencia-Tech will distribute PostProcess solutions across a wide range of market verticals for both prototyping and production printing, with an emphasis on creative printing solutions for entertainment and advertising.

Headquartered in Lithuania, 3D printing and scanning expert 3D Bonum will grow PostProcess’s scope throughout the Baltics states, including Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. In addition to leveraging technologies within their own manufacturing facilities, 3D Bonum produces 3D scans as well as polymer, ceramic, and metal 3D printed products with partner facilities.

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