3D Printed Turboprop Engine in Next Cessna Denali
On July 27th 2016, Tomas Kellner wrote an article for Manufacturing.net that will have a turboprop that is 3D printed in the next generation Cessna which is the Denali. Textron’s Cessna Denali is considered the newest business jet using a propeller engine priced very affordably. The Denali is priced at $4.8 million. The Denali has the largest cabin in its class. This can seat up to eight people. Not only this but this engine is powerful enough to go from Miami to New York or Chicago to Los Angeles on one tank. It was in Oshkosh, Wisconsin where Textron and GE Aviation Systems worked together to present the mock up of the plane’s engine and cabin at the EAA AirVentures airshow. Here is what Kellner has to say about the design of the Denali.
The plane and engine both feature ‘clean-sheet’ designs. For example, the GE engine will feature a handful of complex 3D-printed titanium and steel components that will replace hundreds of individual parts. Though the engine is a turboprop, GE included technology from jet engines to increase the pressure and temperature inside the compressor and the turbine and extract more work. Pilots will even fly the plane like a jet, controlling the engine and the propeller with a single lever.
Michael Thacker, the senior vice president of engineering at Textron, expects that the Denali will have its first voyage sometime in the year of 2018. Cessna was founded 89 years ago in 1927. It has headquarters in Wichita, Kansas and has over 8000 employees. Here at AFR Enterprises, an ASAP Semiconductor owned company, we have the resources to supply a vast array of Cessna products. If you are interested in getting a quote, please feel free to contact our friendly sales staff at email@example.com or call us at toll free at 1-714-418-5034.