A process combining forging with 3D printing to produce complex titanium parts is being developed by Aubert & Duval with Airbus and metal additive manufacturing specialist Sciaky. The Metallic Advanced Materials for Aeronautics (MAMA) R&D project, led by the Saint Exupery Institute for Research in Technology (IRT) in Toulouse, is combining high-power, closed-die forging with wire-fed metal 3D printing to simplify the production of aircraft parts. “The hybrid process involves ...

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