SLM Solutions and Safran Landing Systems have patented a new design to 3D print a nose landing gear component.

The 455x295x805 mm component, designed for a private jet, is one of the parts that transfers the loads from the wheel to the aircraft structure and is retracted after take-off. Safran made a new patented design of the part for metal-based additive manufacturing (AM) and printed the part using titanium alloy in a SLM800 machine.

According to the companies, the material has high mechanical properties, and is naturally resistant to corrosion, which does not require any surface treatment. The final part also offers a weight reduction of about 15%.

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