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3D printing shapes the future of nickel in aerospace

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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.

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