State researchers work with Doosan Heavy to co-develop 3D-printed materials

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : September 6, 2021, 14:59 | Updated : September 6, 2021, 14:59

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SEOUL -- A state ceramic technology institute has partnered with Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, a key player in South Korea's power industry, to jointly develop and verify 3D-printed parts for airplane gas turbines.

While many commercial 3D printers are designed to produce products made of polymer, special printers are capable of printing food, metal, ceramic and other composite materials. Metal and ceramic parts created with a 3D printer are very strong and durable. Luxury carmakers such as Porsche use 3D-printing technology to produce engine pistons and car seats.

The Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology (KICET) said in a statement on September 6 that the institute signed a cooperation agreement with Doosan Heavy to create a system for the manufacturing and quality verification of 3D-printed parts for airplanes.

"Doosan will produce aviation parts using 3D-printing technology and KICET will develop a system capable of analyzing and verifying the quality of printed parts," KICET PR manager Lee Geun-taek told Aju Business Daily.
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