Posted on 19/02/2013

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China Daily Mail

China looks to lower the cost of 3D printing and make large titanium components to build the next-generation fighter jet and self-developed passenger plane.

By using laser additive manufactured titanium parts in its aviation industryChina is looking to become a global leader in commercializing 3D printing technology.

The laser additive manufacturing technology not only lowers the cost of titanium parts to only 5 percent of the original, it also reduces the weight of the components and enhances the strength of complicated parts.

As much as 40 percent of the weight can be reduced if the forged titanium parts on an American F-22 were made using the Chinese 3D printing technology, according to a a report on Chinese Web site, Guancha Zhe.

With funding from the government, especially from the military, the Chinese aviation laser technology team is making headways in making titanium parts for the country’s…

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