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First MV-22B Osprey with 3D-printed, safety-critical parts takes flight – Space Daily

by • August 1, 2016 • No Comments

An MV-22B Osprey has flown its initially flight with a safety-significant link and fitting assembly which was 3D-printed, Naval Air Systems Command revealed Friday.
The test flight out of Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland showcased a titanium, 3D-printed link and fitting assembly for the engine nacelle, NAVAIR said in a statement.
The link and fitting assembly is one of four which secure an Osprey’s engine nacelle to the major wing structure.
The 3D-printed part can stay on the aircraft for continued evaluation.
Additive making techniques use 3D create data to create components in layers of metal, plastic and other materials.
The link and fitting assembly for the test were printed at the Naval Air Warfare Center’s Aircraft Division.
The successful test flight is the initially step in the direction of an eventual configuration alter which can see the parts utilized on any V-22 aircraft.
Whilst the Navy has utilized additive making since the early 1990s for prototyping and began in new years to print non-flight significant parts and tools, the latest test is the initially time a part which is essential to flight safety was printed.
The sea service hopes to one day print any part on demand instead of having to order, stock and ship parts.
Six extra
safety-significant parts can be tested in the upcoming year for the V-22, H-1 and CH-53K rotorcraft, with parts created out of titanium or stainless steel.

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