Boeing files patent for 3D-printed aircraft parts

Boeing files patent for 3D-printed aircraft parts
Boeing files patent for 3D-printed aircraft parts

Boeing wants to patent its process for 3D-printed replacement aircraft parts. And here’s a novel twist in this era of pre-emptive patent filings: The company is already using 3D-printed aircraft parts.

In a patent application published this week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Boeing describes a method and apparatus for requesting, authorizing, printing, and even paying for aircraft parts under the straightforward title of, “Three Dimensional Printing of Parts.”

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