The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Pratt & Whitney (P&W) with a $12.7 million, 39-month contract in which the company will develop and demonstrate high-value turbine engine technology for use in the U.S. Navy and Air Force unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The advanced propulsion technologies will be based on the PW800 engine core, with its high specific thrust in a compact design. P&W expects to concentrate on high-temperature, lightweight material systems that can double propulsion system capability. For more information on the technology, visit P&W's website at www.pratt-whitney.com.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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