The Air Force has a new, time-saving tool in its ongoing effort to repair jet engines.
With support from the Air Force SBIR/STTR Program, Massachusetts-based Triton Systems Inc. developed a 3D printed mask for a specific engine component in need of treatment before it can be returned to service. The reusable mask replaces a tedious manual taping process, thereby reducing labor and costs while increasing reliability.
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the process of building layers of material to create an object based on a digital design. The technology is growing in popularity because it’s good for making low-volume, custom parts to avoid large tooling and mold costs.
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