Airbus will start using 3D printers for serial production of aircraft parts

Airbus, one of the largest aircraft manufacturing companies in the world, reported on the conclusion of the contracts for the supply of equipment and software for

The French airflower signed contact with the Dutch Ultimaker on the supply of 3D printers for organizing its own production in Europe. Certified devices will use for the production of components, tools and fixtures from composite materials necessary for assembling aircraft. The number of equipment ordered units is not disclosed.

The company hopes that it will help aviation engineers to realize their innovative solutions. Earlier, Ultimaker was awarded the Award «The Best Appendix of 2018 in the 3D-printing area for the automotive industry» for the supply of Volkswagen Autoeuropa in Portugal specialized devices, which allowed the plant to reduce production costs to some details up to 90% and paid off in 2 months.

Airbus also announced cooperation with the Swiss manufacturer Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg. According to the agreement concluded, the company will begin mass production of 3D printing parts from titanium alloys of class 2 and 3 for the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft family. The delivery of Liebherr will begin with a chassis brackets, but further partners plan to fully use the potential of additive production for the manufacture of more complex components.

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