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Brazilian Air Force uses 3D printing technology to test the feasibility of new aircraft parts



All along, 3D printing has had an impact on all walks of life around the world. By simplifying the design and prototyping process and achieving more complex designs. Recently, the Brazilian Air Force Academy (IEAv) is studying and experimenting with hypersonic scores through 3D printing technology. They used Stratasys' Fortus 900mc 3D printer to complete a series of advanced tests and found more effective ways to achieve flight viability.

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According to IEAv researchers, they have been looking for a way to accelerate the experiment and development of their aerospace components, and the birth of 3D printing technology has undoubtedly brought them hope. After IEAv used 3D printing technology to complete a 15-degree ramp and gas fuel injection hole aircraft entry ramp, they increasingly felt that 3D printing was a viable option. Since then, 3D printing has been used as a prototype for the production of hypersonic engines and for some impact tunnel testing.


As mentioned earlier, IEAv chose to introduce Stratasys' Fortus 900mc 3D printer. This is an FDM 3D printer with the ability to print large, precision parts, while being built to a size of 914*610*914 mm. Before using the Fortus 900mc 3D printer, IEAv relied on traditional technology for manufacturing. Not only is it expensive, it takes a long time, and it takes even 6 months to complete a small part.

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According to China's 3D printing network, with the help of 3D printing technology, IEAv researchers have shortened the production prototype time from six months to one week. As you can imagine, 3D printing technology saves researchers a lot of production time, so it has more time to test and experiment, and the final finished product will be better.


“3D printing technology brings flexibility, reliability and speed to our production, while at the same time reducing costs. Currently 3D printing technology is redefining our labs and will bring us more open research. "IEAv senior researcher Antonio Carlos de Oliveira said, "In addition to this, we are able to ensure the safety of our innovative aerospace and defense projects and to keep our development completely confidential."

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Currently, IEAv is working on prototype production of hybrid models, of course, using 3D printing technology. With the help of 3D printing technology, the next goal of IEAv will be to improve the strength and efficiency of its new components.