Will the wonders of 3D printing ever cease? With each passing day, something revolutionary seems to come off the machine's printing bed, be it a life-size Ultron helmet (OK, maybe that's not revolutionary), a prosthetic shell for a tortoise or a Shelby Cobra sports car. This time, it's more than 1,000 airplane parts for the Airbus A350 XWB jet.
Lightweight, high-performance metals leader Alcoa has announced plans to further expand its global aerospace business by acquiring privately held TITAL. The acquisition will strengthen Alcoa's global position to capture increasing demand for advanced jet engine components made of titanium.