According to Stratasys who is the leading manufacturer in producing FDM 3d printers for over 20 years, has announced recently that Airbus a leading aircraft manufacturer has used 3d printer to produce 1000 3d printed parts for passenger airplane. 3d printed parts are well known for its production cost, light weight yet strong and durable, cuts down the production time and much more altogether made researchers and engineers at Airbus to prefer the 3d printer for their manufacturing process.
Aibus company is a familiar manufacturer in the aircraft industry whose principle is to produce safe and most reliable aircrafts. They have manufactured and delivered 9081 aircraft so far and processing some 8295 aircraft. In order to reduce the time consumption and production cost they decide to use Stratasys 3d printer and the result was quite expected as they were able to print some 1000 3d printed parts for A350 XWB aircraft,
The Airbus A350 XWB is the most recent model in the group of Airbus, it was at that point reported over a year back that Airbus would utilize 3D printing innovation for a portion of the parts for the new A350 XWB and the in-administration jetliners. While it was monitored by Airbus engineers, these 3d printed parts were printed using Stratasys 3d printer by Stratasys team within the given time.
‘We are on the cusp of a step-change in weight reduction and efficiency – producing aircraft parts which weight 30 to 55 percent less, while reducing raw material used by 90 percent,” Peter Sander. These parts were printed using certified material of Airbus, which is ULTEM™ 9085 resin which gives high quality to-weight proportion and is FST [flame, smoke, and toxicity] consistent for aircraft interior applications.
The Report says that this is the first aircraft that consist of large number of 3d printed parts in an aircraft. Calling this technology as game changing technology as it has considerably reduced the production cost and raw materials compared to the usual method of the production process.
Looks like Airbus will choose 3d printer for future manufacturing as the time taking for spare parts is quick and efficient.