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US authorities are urging national aircraft manufacturers to increase the use of locally produced parts printed on printers

Reducing reliance on foreign component supplies is the goal of many U.S. companies, and in the aircraft industry, regulators have suggested that manufacturers like Boeing make greater use of components 3D printed by small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. At the same time, this will contribute to the development of local industry and the creation of new jobs.

    Image source: Boeing

Image source: Boeing

The Additive Manufacturing Forward program, which US President Joseph Biden spoke about back in May, it says Reuters, includes multi-purpose products made of polymer materials and metal that can be 3D printed in the United States by small companies. GE Aviation, Siemens Energy, Raytheon Technologies, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman have expressed interest in participating in the initiative. Many of them produce aircraft equipment or turbines, the structural elements of which can be made by modern technologies using the so-called “additive process”, forming a series of parts in layers.

Potential customers are willing to develop technologies for the manufacture of the necessary parts and conduct training for contractors’ personnel, as well as participate in the certification process and the development of standards. Boeing and Northrop Grumman have expressed their intention to acquire more parts made locally in the US using similar technologies. The first of the companies is even ready to increase the quota for the purchase of such parts to 30% of the total requirement. According to experts, this approach to manufacturing components will reduce lead time and raw material costs by 90% and halve the energy intensity of products. US authorities believe the program should be extended to the auto and semiconductor sectors of the economy.

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