AMGTA commissions first LCA project for 3-D printed aerospace parts
The Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA) has announced the launch of its latest research project; a life-cycle assessment (LCA) comparing a 3D printed aerospace component to one that is traditionally manufactured.
The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has been chosen to carry out the LCA, which will compare the cradle-to-grave environmental impacts of a jet engine low-pressure turbine (LPT) bracket produced via traditional manufacturing methods with one that is 3D printed.
“This new study will include up to 18 different environmental indicators to quantify the environmental impacts that an optimized jet engine LPT bracket has throughout its entire life cycle – from material extraction, manufacturing, transportation, use, and its eventual end-of-life,” said Sherry Handel, AMGTA’s Executive Director.
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