Naval Group and Central Nantes 3D Print Full-Scale Propeller Blade

June 26, 2018

French naval defense specialist Naval Group and engineering school Centrale Nantes have successfully 3D printed their first full-scale propeller blade prototype for military applications using the Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) process. 

“Printing this demonstrator is a major step towards the manufacture of innovative propellers by additive manufacturing (AM)," says Vincent Geiger, director of Naval Group’s Naval Research Technology Research Center.

Centrale Nantes says it has the industrial means and the extensive expertise in trajectory generation and AM required for blade production. The Naval Group and Centrale Nantes team hopes to accelerate the cross-industry adoption of hybrid manufacturing for making large-scale parts on-demand.

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Industry-Related Terms: Additive manufacturing, Prototype, Wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM)
View Glossary of 3D Metal Printing Terms

Technologies: Directed-Energy Systems


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