Aurora Flight Sciences 3D Printing Case Study


Stratasys Partners with Aurora Flight Sciences to Design and Develop the World's First 3D Printed Jet-Powered Aircraft

Aurora Flight Sciences in Manassas, Virginia has been developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for both the civil and military markets for nearly three decades. However, with advancing customer needs and requirements, its research and development center is utilizing Stratasys 3D printing technology more frequently for production parts and tooling to help bring new innovations to unmanned flight.

Recently, engineers at Aurora and Stratasys embarked on an ambitious project: to build a jet-powered, thrust vectoring, blended wing body, remotely piloted aircraft.


Aurora Flight Sciences utilizes Stratasys 3D printing to develop jet aircraft.

“Our goal with this project was to show the aerospace industry how quickly you can go from designing and building to flying a 3D printed jet-powered aircraft.”

Dan Campbell, Aurora Flight Sciences