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3D Printing Flies High
10/15/2012

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Paramount, a 3D Systems company, has made several non-structural flight hardware parts for Air Force fighter jets using its high-temperature laser sintering (HTLS) process. Shown here are a PEEK carbon fiber composite air duct (top), and technology demonstration parts (bottom) made of PEEK carbon fiber (black) and an unfilled PEEK (yellow).
Paramount, a 3D Systems company, has made several non-structural flight hardware parts for Air Force fighter jets using its high-temperature laser sintering (HTLS) process. Shown here are a PEEK carbon fiber composite air duct (top), and technology demonstration parts (bottom) made of PEEK carbon fiber (black) and an unfilled PEEK (yellow).

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Cadman-LT   11/5/2012 1:08:12 PM
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Ann, I just wanted to say. I know I go on and on about this 3D printing, but it just fascinates me to no end. We talked just a few months ago about materials and they are already here. Like you said, it's progressing very fast. I'm just really interested in this.

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Cadman-LT   11/5/2012 1:03:51 PM
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That person would still need machining knowledge. At least knowledge of the measuring tools. I can see it as a trade school thing. Now instead of going for machining you go for 3D printing. I might be wrong, but it seems possible.

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Cadman-LT   11/5/2012 12:59:57 PM
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Then again, it should also create jobs. Instead of running a CNC lathe or mill, you run a 3D printer. It's a little weird to even think about.

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Cadman-LT   11/5/2012 12:55:33 PM
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I couldn't agree more. I'm a little worried for some machinists out there. I can see these printers taking their jobs. 

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Ann R. Thryft   10/30/2012 7:53:12 PM
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I agree about tight tolerances. The fact that this technology is being used in commercial aircraft and medical applications speaks volumes about its success in achieving consistent, repeatable, very tight tolerances.

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Cadman-LT   10/18/2012 10:26:41 PM
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One more thought. One thing that comes to mind to me, being an ex-machinist is the precision i.e. tolerances they can hold. I am betting they get better at that. You can print something all day long with whatever material, but if you can't hold certain tolerances then it isn't good for precision work.

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Cadman-LT   10/18/2012 10:23:48 PM
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I really like the new materials. that's been my fascination with 3D printing thus far. The software advancements are good, but the materials determine what you can make. Wonder what's next?

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Cadman-LT   10/18/2012 10:20:12 PM
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You are certainly welcome Ann. Keep'em comin'!

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Ann R. Thryft   10/16/2012 12:00:05 PM
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Thanks, Cadman, glad you enjoy my blogs on this subject. I agree, the rate of advances has really sped up lately.

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Rob Spiegel   10/15/2012 11:24:06 PM
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Nice article, Ann. I didn't realize that 3D printing had moved so far beyond creating prototypes and into finished parts. Quite impressive.

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