Boeing is now implementing design modifications to the Dreamliner 787 to correct problems reported last June. Randy Tinseth, vice president, marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, says in a new blog post: “We’ve begun installing the reinforcements on the area within the side-of-body section on Airplane #1 and on the static airframe. We’ve begun installing the reinforcements on the area within the side-of-body section on Airplane #1 and on the static airframe.” He said work will begin soon of other test 787 aircraft. Tinseth did not provide specifics on the nature of the fix.
Photo shows the static airframe for the Dreamliner
Alcoa has unveiled a new manufacturing and materials technology for making aluminum sheet, aimed especially at automotive, industrial, and packaging applications. If all its claims are true, this is a major breakthrough, and may convince more automotive engineers to use aluminum.
NASA has just installed a giant robot to help in its research on composite aerospace materials, like those used for the Orion spacecraft. The agency wants to shave the time it takes to get composites through design, test, and manufacturing stages.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is working with architects Foster + Partners to test the possibility of using lunar regolith, or moon rocks, and 3D printing to make structures for use on the moon. A new video shows some cool animations of a hypothetical lunar mission that carries out this vision.
If there's one thing 3D printing's good for, it's customization. New Balance Athletic Shoe Company has begun using 3D printing to make customized spike plates for its running shoes made for members of its Team New Balance runners. They provide better traction and shave off a tiny bit of weight.
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