Boom Supersonic teams up with Stratasys to develop3D printing aircraft parts


US-based start-up Boom Supersonic has collaborated with Stratasys to develop 3D-printed tooling and production-grade aircraft parts for its supersonic aircraft.

The three-year partnership will see the installation of Stratasys FDM 3D printing technology, which includes Fortus 450mc and F370 3D printers, at Boom Supersonic’s headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

The deal also includes materials and expert services.

Both the Stratasys printers are designed to produce components leveraging production-grade thermoplastics, as well as advanced manufacturing tools capable of performing under most challenging environments.

The 3D printing solutions will also increase speed and performance across critical engineering and manufacturing processes at Boom Supersonic, while reducing costs.

"Stratasys now becomes a key catalyst in our design and production processes, helping to transform the future of aviation through the power of 3D printing.”

Boom Supersonic founder and CEO Blake Scholl said: “Supersonic flight has existed for over 50 years, but the technology hasn't existed to make it affordable for routine commercial travel.

“Today's significant advances in aerodynamics, engine design, additive manufacturing, and carbon fibre composite materials are transforming the industry at all levels. Additive manufacturing helps accelerate development of a new generation of aircraft.

“With a proven track-record of success across aviation and aerospace, Stratasys now becomes a key catalyst in our design and production processes, helping to transform the future of aviation through the power of 3D printing.”

Boom is currently developing its XB-1 supersonic demonstrator, which is set to make its first flight next year.

According to Boom, its supersonic airliner will be able to fly 2.6 times faster than any other existing aircraft.

Accelerating its speed to 1,451mph, the plane could reduce typical flight times from New York, US, to London, UK, from 7h to approximately 3h.


Image: Additive manufacturing enables unmatched design freedom and production speed of Boom's XB-1 supersonic demonstrator. Photo: courtesy of Stratasys.