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Certified 3d PrintedAviation Parts to Play a Key Role in the Future of Aerospace

Posted by James ONeill on Jun 21, 2017 5:11:33 AM

With the ongoing advancement of industrial additive manufacturing we see a continued and increased use in aviation, with both Airbus and Boeing incorporating a substantial amount of 3D printed parts on their new model aircrafts.

Additive manufacturing is being used now more than ever before in Airline carriers to reduce inventory as well as lessen supply chain constraints. Aerospace manufacturers are particularly making use of 3D printing’s flexible usage on the design of interiors in the aircraft. Airline passengers experience depends greatly on the comfort and offering of the interior and can add greatly to a customer’s loyalty and long lasting impression of the brand. 3D printed customised parts for Aerospace interior is rapidly becoming a vital role in the manufacturing process as to enable customisation of components in the most cost effective time.

Manufacturers looking to the future of 3D printing face the task of certifying parts to meet the required airworthiness regulations. A clear understanding of the process is essential to enhancing the outcome and reducing unnecessary delays. The FAA works closely with aviation to help remove this friction in the world of industrial additive manufacturing by tailoring certification tracks that meet needs and demands in the rapid changing industry.

Under the oversight of the FAA, comes the launch of the Fortus 900mc 3D printer, a new configuration with the qualification of the Fused Deposition Modeling technology. The results from this Fused Deposition Modeling technology involves a highly repeatable process with full documentation and traceability and a B-Basis Allowables database that will accelerate certification of FDM parts for aircraft interiors across the globe.

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