Why Lockheed Martin bet big on large-scale 3D printing; with video

By Judy Quinn, Contributing Writer

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?

fueltankThat’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.

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