The US army has begun the first flight tests on aircraft parts printed with HRL Laboratories’ additive aluminum feedstock. This is the first Army-designed 3D-printed part that has ever been flown.
HRL Laboratories, LLC, is advancing its cutting-edge 3D-printed metals technology, extending an ever-widening portfolio of innovation in additive manufacturing with its 19th patent stemming from the revolutionary technology. HRL’s patent portfolio in this area extends back to 2014 with the early development of the process that would come to be known as functionalization.
HRL Laboratories has won an R&D 100 award in the Mechanical/Materials category for its 7A77 aluminum alloy powder project Nano-functionalized Alloys for Additive Manufacturing. High-strength aluminum alloy can be printed from the powder using standard additive manufacturing equipment, the first time this alloy has been 3D printable.
HRL Additive, a new commercial effort by HRL Laboratories, LLC, has secured the first commercial sale of its groundbreaking 7A77 high-strength aluminum 3D-printing powder to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The production plant is dedicated to producing the printable aluminum powder, designated as 7A77, the first additive feedstock registered by the Aluminum Association.