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Metro Aerospace Introduces 3D Printed Part for Fuel Efficiency in Aerospace 

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SLS 3D printed aerospace parts can provide a fuel savings of 4% at cruise with improved aerodynamics and reduced drag

In the aerospace industry, the slightest design improvement can have a staggering impact on the efficiency of flight, which is why aerospace manufacturers dedicate tremendous time and talent to advanced engineering. Sometimes small modifications pay off big time, as is the case with the new 3D printed microvanes, a drag-reduction and performance enhancement technology recently commercialized by Texas minority-owned business Metro Aerospace. Developed for the C-130/L-100 aircraft, the microvanes are adhesively fastened on both sides of an aircraft’s fuselage and are designed to reduce drag by reshaping airflow around the aft cargo door.

3D Systems’ On Demand team helped Metro Aerospace take the microvanes from a prototype into a production part with uncommon speed. Offering production support at any stage of product development, 3D Systems’ On Demand experts deliver quick, high quality parts ranging from fast turn and advanced prototypes to appearance models and low volume production. Using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and DuraForm® GF, a glass-filled nylon, 3D Systems’ On Demand team in Tulsa, OK, worked closely with Metro Aerospace to successfully complete a first article inspection report. This validated that all manufacturing requirements and part specifications were executed exactly as prescribed on qualified SLS machines.

To learn more about the processes used and the results of the project, read the case study here.

 

About 3D Systems On Demand

No other global service bureau in the industry offers the complete suite of manufacturing services the way we can. From 3D printed prototypes to final production, we provide additive manufacturing services such as Stereolithography (SLA),  Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), and Direct Metal Printing (DMP) as well as subtractive technologies, such as CNC machining, injection moulding, sheet metal, and our proprietary QuickCast Investment Casting. Our people know how to bring your ideas to life. With more combined years of service in additive and traditional manufacturing than any other service bureau, we are driven with a relentless pursuit of turning your designs into reality. Visit our new 3D Printing Portal or contact us directly to find out how.

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