Military Capabilities

Taiwan advances 3D printing for aerospace

16 June 2017

Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has signed an agreement with the country’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) to collaborate on 3D printing for aerospace applications.

AIDC said that under the Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed on 15 June, the two parties would collaborate on developing 3D printing techniques to support the production of a range of aerospace components.

AIDC said the programme would support the Taiwanese government’s aim to boost the development of the national defence industry as a driver of the country’s economic growth.

The company said it was necessary for investment and collaboration in 3D printing given the growing emphasis that prime aerospace contractors – including General Electric (GE) and Rolls-Royce – are placing on using the technique in building aero-engines.

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