Why Lockheed Martin bet big on large-scale 3D printing; with video
Could it be possible one day to “print out” a full-size cargo plane, at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional manufacturing?
That’s part of the vision at Lockheed Martin, the $45 billion aerospace and defense company. And Lockheed has been making some big strides. Some of Lockheed’s 3D-printed components are onboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft, which is on its way to Jupiter. And this past April, the company also unveiled several large fuel tank prototypes for a satellite (pictured at right). That project, a collaboration with partner RedEye, involved some of the largest 3D-printed parts ever made.
Lockheed certainly has good reason to push the envelope on 3D printing. After all, the company often works on a very large scale, making products like jet fighters and Atlas rockets.... continued ...