3D printing shapes the future of nickel in aerospace

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28 September 2016

3D printing shapes the future of nickel in aerospace

Report summary

There are considerable advantages to using 3D printing – additive manufacturing - to make jet engine components made from nickel alloys: shorter lead times, lower buy-to fly ratios, lower raw material requirements and design empowerment. However, considerable challenges exist, notably product microstructure and consistency. But if these can be overcome so that the industry can be confident in nickel alloy jet engine components formed in this way, then the potential cut in future demand for primary nickel in nickel alloys could be considerable.

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • The buzz
  • Progress
  • Are the powders good enough?
  • Are the 3D printed products good enough?
  • Impact on nickel
  • Conclusion

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This report includes 2 images and tables including:

  • Aircraft jet engine cutaway showing principal components made from nickel alloys
  • Commercial aircraft deliveries

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