Once relied upon for prototyping, design verification and testing, 3D printing now produces functional, end-use aerospace and defense parts. The materials and build capabilities have reduced aerospace part number and weight while improving overall efficiency in meaningful and measurable ways, unattainable through traditional manufacturing methods. And the ability to print replacement parts on-demand rather than filling expensive and limited space with inventory? It’s no small wonder 3D Printing for Aerospace is taking flight.
When the 3D Printed parts returned from the International Space Station NASA used a Structured Light Scanning to document and inspect the parts for build quality, measurements and changes in gravity.