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The aviation sector is gaining momentum in the manufacture of its components, rendering them safer and stronger through a revolutionary fresh strategy called 3D printing or "additive" production–a process developed at MIT in the early 1980s. Companies begin with a hunk of metal (or other material) in the traditional technique. They slice or drill material using milling machines and other instruments to produce the required part. 3D printing, on the other hand, creates components layer by layer, placing the material in the correct locations to produce the exact forms required.
For example, GE utilizes 3D printing to create jet motor gas nozzles instead of welding 20 tiny parts together. Technology Review lately labeled one of its 10 "Breakthrough Technologies" additive production. But a thorny issue holds back this fresh industrial revolution. Tiny variations in parameters like temperature or raw material composition can subtly alter how each layer of material is laid down.
As a consequence, building identical top-quality components each time is extraordinarily difficult. This issue has been acknowledged by the sector and is working hard to fix it. The most successful strategy is to monitor all appropriate parameters meticulously as a portion is being constructed and then process the data to determine whether the part meets all requirements. This will guarantee repeatability, consistency and reliability. This concept is being worked on by several firms, but one leader is Santa Fe, NM-based Sigma Labs, Inc (NASDAQ: SGLB). Sigma has created advanced technology to monitor the 3D method as part of the construction method and determine if the item meets performance requirements.