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AFRL and University Partners Used 3D Printed Composite Materials to Make Structural Parts

Written by David

March 26, 2019

The Air Force Research Laboratory ( AFRL ), located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base ( WPAFB ) near my hometown of Dayton, Ohio, has long been interested in using 3D printing and composite materials for the purposes of aerospace applications. Last year, AFRL’s Composites Branch at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate partnered up with researchers from the University of Arkansas , the University of Miami in Florida, Louisiana Tech University , and the University of Texas at El Paso ( UTEP ) to work on advancing 3D printable composite materials. The Composites Branch works on the research and development of organic and ceramic matrix composite technologies for legacy, developmental, and future Air Force system components. Together with its university partners, the AFRL branch demonstrated 3D printed composite materials, made from a combination of carbon fiber and epoxy, which had been successfully fabricated and used to make structural parts on […]


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