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Guest article Metal AM

Metal AM in the aerospace sector: from early successes to the transformation of an industry

Text and Images: Metal AM, 1 December 2023

“The aerospace industry's steady adoption of 'disruptive' metal AM processes, such as Powder Bed Fusion (PBF), Directed Energy Deposition (DED), and Binder Jetting (BJT), has paved the way for unprecedented innovation in part design and alloy development. In this article, we explore the remarkable successes achieved through these technologies, highlighting key examples such as turbine blades in engines and complex communication devices in satellites.”

Across the world, a new wave of aerospace engineers are designing and building the next generation of aero engines and systems around the revolutionary capabilities of Additive Manufacturing. Twenty years ago this was a vision, but today it is a reality. From fuel nozzles to Stage 5 and Stage 6 low pressure turbine (LPT) blades, housings to structural elements, in this article Metal AM magazine's Technical Consultant Martin McMahon reviews the progress that has been made, shining a light on selected applications that offer insight to those in the aerospace industry who want to get up to speed with progress.

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Metal AM


  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Aviation and aerospace