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This edition of Rapid 3D Printing News brings you 3D printing news about GE Additive, Honda Aircraft Engine R&D Centre, Triumph Group, 3D Printed Gun, Centre of Excellence in Belgaum (India), and Lockheed Martin.

GE Additive to Provide Consulting Services to Honda Aircraft Engine R&D Centre

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Above: GE Additive AddWorks team to provide additive consulting services to Honda Aircraft Engine R&D Center to help drive its additive journey in aerospace/Image Credit: GE Additive

GE Additive announced that it is selected by Honda Aircraft Engine R&D Centre to provide consulting services to accelerate aerospace application development. The AddWorksTM team will provide its services in Japan. The agreement envisions Honda Aircraft Engine R&D Group’s additive application development for its future generation aircraft engines.

GE Additive hopes the AddWorksTM consulting services will lead to enhancements of the existing partnership between the two companies and further the adoption of additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry.

GE and Honda’s partnership in the aviation industry spans over a decade. Having established GE Honda Aero Engines LLC – a joint venture between GE Aviation and Honda Aero in 2004 – the two companies developed the GE Honda HF120 jet engine used on light business jet aircrafts such as HondaJet. HondaJet was the most delivered jet in its category for 2017, making the engine a great success.

Feeling excited about the association, Thomas Pang, Japan director of GE Additive said, “We are pleased that Honda Aircraft Engine R&D Center has selected GE Additive to be its vendor in providing AddWorks consulting services to further the use of this transformative technology in its future generation aircraft engines. We are in the best position to share our learnings from our own additive journey, having started from prototyping to successfully applying it to mass production for aviation engine parts.”

Triumph Group Selects GE Additive to Further its Additive Manufacturing Strategy

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Above: From left to right: Gary Tenison, VP strategy and business development, Triumph Group, Jason Oliver, President & CEO, GE Additive, Dan Rowley, President & CEO Triumph Group, David Joyce, Vice Chair of GE and President and CEO, GE Aviation Tom Holzthum, EVP Integrated Systems, Triumph Group, Ryan Martin, Sales Leader Americas, GE Additive/Image Credit: GE Additive

Triumph Group recently selected GE Additive, the aerospace industry leader to help further its additive manufacturing strategy. It has selected two of its systems in addition to its range of AddWorksTM consultancy service packages.  Triumph selected Concept Laser M2 Cusing Multilaser DMLM system and an Arcam EBM Q20plus system to be installed at its R&D facility in Seattle.

US-based Triumph Group, Inc. is an international supplier of aerospace services, structures, systems, and support.

On the selection, Jason Oliver, President, and CEO, GE Additive said, “I really admire Triumph’s smart and progressive strategy in adopting a multimodality approach to their additive journey. And when you add to that the deep experience and divergent thinking of our AddWork’s team, I look forward to seeing the results of what I hope will be a long and rewarding relationship.”

Dan Crowley, President & CEO, Triumph Group expressed his excitement by saying, “Triumph Group is excited to work with GE Additive to broaden Triumph’s utilization of additive manufacturing technology. Thus far we have successfully used additive manufacturing for prototyping, and we are rapidly growing its use for design competency. This partnership with GE Additive will strengthen our additive manufacturing capability, accelerating our ability to design and develop future on-wing solutions for our customers.”

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U.S. Justice Department Permits Gun Rights Activist Cody Wilson to Legally Publish Instructions for Making Guns with 3D printing

Above: Demonstration of the 3D Printed Gun ‘The Liberator’ by Cody Wilson/Video Credit: YouTube/Defense Distributed

Cody Wilson, a gun rights activist, had demonstrated ‘The Liberator’ a 3D printed gun in his YouTube video posted in 2013. In addition to this video, he has published CAD files and instruction material for making a handgun with a 3D printer.

The video received widespread viewership and the subsequently it attracted thousands of downloads of the files. Cody Wilson has called such weapons “downloadable guns.” But the U.S. State Department said Wilson’s files broke laws on international gun trafficking.

Cody Wilson’s company Defense Distributed was forced to remove all the files from the internet but he pursued the case and began legal action in 2015. Wilson teamed up in the case with an organization called the Second Amendment Foundation. The Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right to keep and bear arms.

The foundation recently announced it had reached a settlement with the U.S. government. It said the agreement – offered by the U.S. Justice Department – permits Wilson to legally put his instructional materials back on the internet. The United States has settled a case with a gun rights activist that permits him to publish instructions for making guns with a 3-D printer.

Engineering College in Belgaum Sets up Centre of Excellence in Additive Manufacturing & Reverse Engineering

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Above: KLS Gogte Institute of Technology (GIT), Belagavi/Image Credit: KLS GIT

Institute of Technology (GIT), Belagavi (also known as Belgaum), India, recently set up a centre of excellence to train and educate students in Additive Manufacturing & Reverse Engineering with the help of the Karnataka Council for Technological Upgradation (KCTU) in Belagavi, said AS Deshpande, principal, GIT.

Understanding the need to create a skilled and a trained workforce, the institute has set up the centre and hopes to provide a talent pool skilled in future-ready technologies and processes

According to AS Deshpande, “the Centre of Excellence will address critical gaps in the industry as well as guide students and researchers through four key areas. It’ll provide advanced training to speed up adoption and readiness of a strong AM workforce. The validation programmes will address AM material and process qualification. Its advisory services will provide best practices on AM fast to production and AM part acceptance. Lastly, research will be conducted to inform them about advanced developments.”

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Lockheed Martin and Arconic to Collaborate on 3D Printing and Advanced Aerospace Materials

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Above: Lockheed Martin and Arconic to develop advanced materials and AM processes together/Image Credit: Businesswire

In an effort to develop next-generation advanced materials and manufacturing methods for additive manufacturing, Lockheed Martin and Arconic jointly announced a two-year development agreement (JDA).

Both the companies will collaboratively develop customized lightweight materials and advanced manufacturing methods such as metal 3D printing. This will be a step towards next-generation aerospace and defence solutions. The focus will be to innovate new technologies, currently not in existence.

Speaking about the JDA, Rod Makoske, Lockheed Martin SVP of Corporate Engineering, Technology and Operations said, “At Lockheed Martin, we are relentlessly finding ways to develop materials that create state-of-the-art advanced capabilities, reduce waste and generate efficiencies in manufacturing practices. Collaborating with Arconic will help us uncover new ideas for materials development where traditional practices aren’t suitable, investigate more sustainable material compositions and find ways to produce materials more effectively.”

“We have a long history of innovative collaboration with Lockheed Martin across multiple platforms – from single-piece forged bulkheads for the F-35 to 3D printed parts for the Orion spacecraft – and we are pleased to expand on that relationship with this new agreement,” said Ray Kilmer, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Arconic. “Lockheed is always innovating, and it is a privilege to apply our materials and manufacturing expertise to help them deliver their next generation of cutting-edge products.”

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services

Arconic, the US-based leader in additive manufacturing technologies for aerospace, provides a range of high-performance multi-materials and products for virtually every aero engine and airframe platform.

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