Talk about 3D printing is absolutely everywhere in the news these days, and people are making everything from guns to medical equipment. Now, the latest company to set their sights on 3D printing technology is none other than luxury vehicle manufacturer Rolls-Royce, who is reportedly planning to build airplane engines using 3D printers.
The news doesn’t come as a huge shock for those close to the company, in fact it was reported as far back as 2010 that the luxury manufacturer had thoughts on how to use 3D printing in their designs. Unlike other speculative reports, this time the move to 3D has been confirmed by the company itself.
Confident that 3D printing is capable of providing the precision required for aeronautical engineering, Rolls-Royce plans to begin using the technology in the near future. When this shift takes place, Rolls-Royce engineers are expected to begin making metallic and ceramic parts for their airplane engines.
The head of Rolls-Royce’s technology division, Dr Wapenhans released a statement explaining the move towards this new technology: “3D printing opens up new possibilities, new design space. Through the 3D printing process, you’re not constrained by having to get a tool to create a shape. You can create any shape you like.