The classical design and manufacturing paradigm in aerospace leads to high buy-to-fly ratio; almost 90% of the raw materials turned into scrap, even for costly, advanced engineering Ti-alloys. The DISTOPIA project will address this, distorting aerospace manufacturing boundaries by developing an automated, cost-efficient wire-fed DED AM manufacturing and repairing method – made possible using novel metallic wires with enhanced mechanical properties; combined with implementation of full digital twin model of the process. Cost will be significantly reduced two-fold; requiring only wire material as needed for part mass and by eliminating the requirement for stock – typically over 2 million spare parts across multiple aircraft designs. These savings will increase the global competitiveness of the European industry and support sustainable development goals.


Turkish Aerospace Industry


Ion Industrial Metallurgy Research and Development Inc.

ODTÜ Teknokent Yönetim AŞ

Epoch Wires Limited

The University of Sheffield

Authentise Ltd

Queen Marys University London