World's first 3D-printed jet engine flies into production

World's first 3D-printed jet engine

8 November 2016

Professor Xinhua Wu, Director of the Monash Centre of Additive Manufacturing

A Monash University research team, led by Professor Xinhua Wu, is seeing its additive manufacturing research efforts translated into commercial reality.

Amaero Engineering — a spin-out company from Monash University’s innovation cluster — has signed an agreement with Safran Power Units to print turbojet components for Safran, the French-based global aerospace and defence company.

“Our new facility will be embedded within the Safran Power Units factory in Toulouse and will make components for Safran’s auxiliary power units and turbojet engines,” says Mr Barrie Finnin, CEO of Amaero.

Monash University’s Vice Provost (Research and Research Infrastructure) Professor Ian Smith says that the Amaero-Safran agreement is an excellent example of the University’s exceptional research having commercial impact on a global scale.

“We proved that our team were world-leaders,” says Professor Xinhua Wu, Director of the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing. “I’m delighted to see our technology leap from the laboratory to a factory at the heart of Europe’s aerospace industry in Toulouse.”