More and more aerospace companies are implementing 3D printing to improve their efficiency and reduce design lead-time. With the leverage of 3D printing, they are able to deliver unprecedented manufacturing productivity improvements such as increase speed and reliability of quality assurance and validation processes, lower fuel costs through light-weighting of parts, increase manufacturing productivity through innovative 3D printed casting patterns, reverse engineering and direct metal printing of airworthy parts.
Let us share with you some of the benefits:
- Metro Aerospace uses SLS 3D printed with glass-filled nylon material (DuraForm® GF) aerospace parts and they achieved fuel savings of 4% at cruise with improved aerodynamics and reduced drag.
- Turbine Technologies uses ProJet MJP Wax investment casting patterns and increase the speed of turbine design from 5 weeks to overnight with cost reduction from $20,000 to $2,000 per pattern.
- Emirates uses SLS 3D printed with Flame retardant nylon material (DuraForm® ProX® FR1200, a FAR 25.853 compliant) and achieved 9-13% weight reduction. SLS printing offers faster, cheaper alternative for delivering bespoke cabin parts with the potential to reduce inventory for increased supply chain efficiency.
- Thales Alenia uses Direct Metal Printing (DMP) for better and 25% lighter weight brackets. They achieved total time (from order to shipping) reduction from 10 weeks to 4-5 weeks and their production costs also reduced.