NEW YORK CITY—Alcoa Inc. is researching how they can best incorporate 3D printing technology into its business as the third largest producer of aluminum in the world. Alcoa’s chief technology officer, Ray Kilmer, says that the aluminum maker is attempting to use 3D printing to produce jet engine parts, among other things.
We know the value of 3D printing with FDM in an assembly house setting. Tolerances in Aerospace Manufacturing are extremely tight and quality of product is always prioritized over cost. However, you'll learn that by incorporating 3D printing into your business model, your reductions in cost and lead time do not always mean reductions in quality.