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Airbus Uses 3D Printing For The A350 XWB

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Airbus Uses 3D Printing For The A350 XWB
Airbus Uses 3D Printing For The A350 XWB

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Stratasys, company for 3D printing and additive manufacturing, supports Airbus in the production of parts for the Airbus A350 XWB. The aviation giant now uses the thermoplastic high-performance plastic Ultem 9085 as standard.

Printed components for the production supply chain

Stratasys and Airbus (from left): Amos Liebermann (Director Aerospace Strategic Accounts EMEA, Stratasys), Olivier Cauquil (Head of Material & Parts Procurement, Airbus), Andy Middleton (President Stratasys EMEA) and Mark Walker (VP Procurement Strategy and Governance, Airbus)
Stratasys and Airbus (from left): Amos Liebermann (Director Aerospace Strategic Accounts EMEA, Stratasys), Olivier Cauquil (Head of Material & Parts Procurement, Airbus), Andy Middleton (President Stratasys EMEA) and Mark Walker (VP Procurement Strategy and Governance, Airbus)

Airbus uses the resin, which is certified according to the company's specifications, with Stratasys' 3D printing technology Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). Because the material has a high specific strength and complies with international fire protection regulations for aircraft parts, Airbus is able to manufacture robust and lightweight components while reducing manufacturing costs and times.

“As early as 2014, Airbus had already produced a portion of the components for the then new A350 XWB with its FDM 3D printers and was therefore able to meet its delivery obligations within the specified time frame. We are pleased that Airbus has now integrated our printed parts into the A350 XWB production supply chain,”said Andy Middleton, President Stratasys EMEA.

Time-sensitive industries benefit from 3D printing

Additive manufacturing can help increase efficiency and flexibility in the production supply chain by enabling component manufacturing that is tailored to your needs - and in locations designed to deliver to the final production line. In addition, the material utilization rate is improved because, unlike conventional manufacturing processes, there is much less waste.

"Time-sensitive industries in particular are increasingly asking for our solutions for additive manufacturing - this ranges from the aerospace and automotive industries to medical products and consumer goods," explains Middleton. "By integrating our additive manufacturing strategies into the supply chain, companies can not only keep promised product launch times, but at the same time - while reducing their inventory - drive developments." (Kj)

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