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by Steve Snow
French firm Stelia Aerospace has lifted the lid on its newest innovation. Using WAAM (wire arc additive manufacturing), the company has demonstrated metallic self-reinforced aircraft fuselage panels that cut out a costly and time consuming assembly process.
Since the Lansing Delta Township assembly plant of General Motors bought a $35,000 3D printer, they've seen savings of €300,000. However, the company expects to see savings of millions of dollars in the future as it standardizes the technology throughout its plants across the globe.