First ever Polysulfone mold for Chinook helicopter part successfully 3D printed

First ever Polysulfone mold for Chinook helicopter part successfully 3D printed

A Polysulfone (PSU) mold, claimed to be the world’s first, has been successfully 3D printed and used to produce an oil drip pan for a Chinook, Boeing Vertol’s twin engine helicopter. The mold was created in a collaboration between Thermwood Corporation, Techmer PM, and Purdue University’s Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center. The final component was then produced in an autoclave by Applied Composite Engineering (ACE). Making the component The mold for the oil drip pan was 3D printed and trimmed using Thermwood’s LSAM machine using carbon fiber reinforced material supplied by Techmer. The significance of 3D printing PSU lies […]

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