Solid State 3D Printing for the Aerospace Industry
The evolution of technology is such that there is always a push to increase efficiency. No industry pushes the envelope more than aerospace. There is a relentless push for efficiency of mass, efficiency of volume, and efficiency of materials. Ultrasonic additive manufacturing, a metal 3D-printing technology, uses ultrasonic energy and pressure to produce metallurgical bonds between layers of metal foils near room temperature. The low heat nature of the bond allows for novel designs that can expand the design space for aerospace components. This presentation will provide an overview of aerospace applications including 3D printed heat exchangers, embedded electronics, and multi-material solutions.