According to a joint venture program,” Thermwood and Bell have pushed the limits of 3D printing, resulting in what Thermwood believes is the largest 3D printed autoclave capable tool ever made. This mold, for an 18 1/2 foot long helicopter blade, and is comprised of two halves, which fit together to form the blade”.
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Boeing and Thermwood Partner to Demonstrate New 3D Printing Technology. Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems, and service provider of aftermarket support.
Thermwood manufactures both 3 and 5 Axis Machining Centers as well as Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) systems for a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, marine, woodworking, plastics and military/defense.
According to Boeing Research & Technology engineer Michael Matlack,” the use of Thermwood’s additive manufacturing technology in this application provided a significant advantage, saving weeks of time and enabling delivery of the tool before traditional tooling could be fabricated”.
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