New Approaches for Joining 3D Printed Metal and Composite Hybrid Structures
Additive manufacturing has a huge advantage in the design of structural components.
Due to its degree of freedom for part geometry, one can design metal components with integrated interlocking features. Such features can strongly hold complex material combinations such as metal and carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP), in a rivet-and adhesive-less joint configuration. Benefits of this new manufacturing concept are, for example, the manufacturing of hybrid structures with less stress concentration, improved load transfer between metal and CFRP, and increasing lightweight efficiency. This presentation will focus on the development of joining approaches for hybrid aerospace components manufactured with titanium AM parts and thermoplastic matrix CFRP.