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Boeing invests in rapid 3D-printed parts firm

Boeing is investing in a Massachusetts-based specialist in high-speed 3D printed parts for aerospace, through its HorizonX Ventures division.

The US airframer says it has participated in a funding round for the relatively new company, Digital Alloys, which was founded early last year.

Boeing says Digital Alloys’ technology is able to combine multiple metals into each part, to provide differing thermal, electrical and mechanical properties.

“The process allows metals like titanium and high-temperature alloys to be 3D-printed for parts that could be used on Boeing products,” it says, adding that the investment will enable the airframer to produce higher volumes of parts faster.

Digital Alloys chief Duncan McCallum says the Boeing tie-up will “make us a smarter, stronger company”.

G20 Ventures led the funding round which included participation from Lincoln Electric and Khosla Ventures.

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