3D Printing Industry Review of the Year July 2018

The month of July saw a plethora of partnerships and announcements from the Farnborough International Airshow as well as an abundance of funding for 3D printing startups in New Zealand.

Furthermore, the 3D printing industry welcomed a new range of filaments from Amazon, while observing the legal battle between Cody Wilson’s open-source 3D printed firearm file sharing site Defense Distributed and the U.S. government.

The Farnborough International Airshow

Located in Hampshire, UK, the biennial Farnborough International Airshow became the hub for partnerships aimed towards the advancement of industrial 3D printing in aerospace. Among the announcements is GE Additive, who launched a Manufacturing Partner Network (MPN). With initial partners including Burloak Technologies, Carpenter Co, and Proto Labs, the MPN strives to meet the increasing demand of 3D printed components.

Furthermore, Norsk Titanium, an aerospace additive manufacturing company, in collaboration with The University of Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory (NDTL), and Pratt & Whitney, created, tested, and displayed the first additive manufactured integrally bladed rotor (IBR) used within turbine engines.

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