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Elbit, IMI and Orbit to Develop 3D Printer for Aviation Components

The Consortium will not engage in the development of new printers but will focus instead on exploiting existing printers that design and manufacture aerospace composite structures.

3D Printed Car / credit:  Marc Palumbo

The Israeli Ministry of Economy generic research and technological development committee, headed by Chief Scientist Avi Hasson, has given a green light to the formation of a future consortium dedicated to developing three-dimensional titanium printer to produce aviation components, The Marker reported.

Once the process of setting up the consortium is complete, it should begin operations in the second half of 2015. To get there, the consortium founders must be able to show general work plans for three years, as well as a detailed work plan for the first year, to be approved by the committee.

The future consortium, to be led by Cyclone, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, will develop generic technologies that will form the infrastructure design and manufacture for three-dimensional printing of optimal structures to serve the Israeli aviation industry.

The Consortium will not engage in the development of new printers but will focus instead on exploiting existing printers that design and manufacture aerospace composite structures. The consortium’s technological innovation will be in the ability to design and manufacture complex geometric aerospace structures, which can only be produced via printing.

The consortium includes Cyclone, IAI, IMI, Orbit, Algat, and researchers from Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion universities, the Technion, the Institute of Metals and Afeka College.

Hasson said that “the area of 3D printing is in its early stages in the manufacturing processes. This is a fascinating field, and we should expect it to have a substantial impact on future processes and products. It is important that Israel will enter the field of 3D printing with components that must to comply with rigid quality and strength standards, as required aviation market.”

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