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ILA 2016: 3D Printed Objects Can Fly!

International Aerospace Exhibition in Berlin (Germany) is an event were different flying vehicles will be shown. From small prototypes to satellites – everything will be there and one technique is often proudly presented: 3D printing.

The ILA combines a major trade exhibition for the aerospace and defence industries with a public air show. The exhibition is there to give the industry a place to link up and work team up for new projects. If you visit it you can see different parts and prototypes that are built with additive manufacturing technologies.

For example Airbus will be there with their newly developed T.H.O.R. (Testing High-Tech Objectives in Reality). The 4 x 4 meter airplane consists out of nearly only 3D printed parts and only a few weeks ago it had its first successful flight.

Moreover there will be other manufactures that will show parts that are 3D printed. The Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH will showcase actuators for spoilers for the Airbus A380. Premium AEROTEC will show 3D printed elbows for airplanes and MTU Aero Engines will present their fans for gears that use 3D printed parts. Concept Laser and SLM Solutions will demonstrate 3D printers live to explain people how they work.

ILA_3The ILA 2016 will take place from 1st to the 4th June. The first two days will be only for professional audience and the second two days will be for everybody who is interested. On the second two days there will also be a public air show taking place – if you want more information you can visit the website of the ILA.