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Airbus to Use 3D-Printed Polymer Jet Parts

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Airbus, with its supply partner Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, will use 3D-printed polymer parts for use on its A350 XWB passenger jet. The Stratasys will print non-structural, installation parts such as brackets with ULTEM 9085 material. This particular resin has become popular in aerospace due to its flame-retardant characteristics and high strength-to-weight ratio.

Airbus feels the use of 3D printed parts will help it cut costs and improve supply chain flexibility, due to the quicker turnaround times on parts. The lower weight of the parts could also improve fuel efficiency and passenger jet performance. Airbus also believes the nature of 3D printing will allow for producing and shipping parts in an on-demand fashion, thereby lowering inventory costs.

Stratasys and Airbus have had a working partnership in place since 2013. Since 2015, Airbus has installed thousands of FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) flying parts on aircraft.

 

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