GKN Aerospace flies 3D printed optical ice detector probe

GKN Aerospace flies 3D printed optical ice detector probe

British company GKN Aerospace has announced successful flight testing of a 3D printed titanium optical ice detector (OID) probe. The 3D printed probe was tested onboard the Atmospheric Research Aircraft (ARA) at the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM), in Cranfield UK. Using GKN’s additive manufacturing process, the aerospace arm of the company was able to incorporate the titanium probe sensor into its ice protection system (IPS). GKN Aerospace recently announced a partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop large-scale metal parts for aerospace using a 3D printing process known as Laser Metal Deposition with wire (LMD-w). The […]

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