The company has previously announced work with polymer technologies, and this week has gone public with its relationship with VELO3D for prototype and end-use metal 3D printed parts. Boom is working toward the development of its eventual supersonic passenger aircraft, the Overture, which is slated to take flight in the mid-2020s. The precursor to that craft is XB-1, the subscale demonstrator, which will also reach Mach 2.2 speeds — that’s 1,687 mph. It’s designed to be the fastest supersonic airliner in history. Helping the aircraft take flight will be 3D printing. VELO3D’s Intelligent Fusion metal 3D printing technology brings in necessary process control for an exacting industry — and VELO3D already has experience in aerospace. Metal 3D printed flight hardware is set to enhance the development of XB-1 and build up Boom’s familiarity with the “capabilities and limitations of metal additive manufacturing and the positive impact it would potentially have on our supersonic aircraft,” as Mike Jagemann, Head of XB-1 Production, Boom Supersonic notes. Validation trials have already shown promising results and two titanium flight hardware parts are set for installation on XB-1’s ECS (environmental control system) early next year.
“Boom is reimagining the entire commercial aircraft experience, from the design, build, and materials used,” said Benny Buller, CEO of VELO3D. “Our technology is designed to help innovators like Boom rethink what’s possible, empower advanced designs with little or no post-processing, and enable an entirely new approach to production. Boom needed more than just prototypes and we’re thrilled to help them create the first 3D-printed metal parts for an aircraft that will move faster than the speed of sound.”