Airbus Standardizes on Additive Manufacturing

Airbus Standardizes on Additive Manufacturing

Airbus Standardizes on Additive Manufacturing
3D Printing Production


In an effort to find the best material for the job, leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus is standardizing on Stratsys’ ULTEM 9085 3D Printing material to produce flight parts for its A350 XWB Aircraft. With Stratasy’ FDM 3D printers, the ULTEM 9085 resin material will be used by combining a high strength-to-weight ratio with FST compliance for aircraft flight parts. Using Stratasys’ advanced additive manufacturing technologies will result in a production of strong, lighter weight parts while significantly lowering manufacturing costs and production time.

Andy Middleton, President of Stratasys EMEA states, “In 2014, Airbus produced a significant amount of parts on its Stratasys FDM-based 3D Printers for use in new A350 XWB aircraft, enabling Airbus to meet delivery commitments on time. We are pleased to support Airbus as they industrialize the inclusion of Stratasys 3D printed parts in the A350 XWB production supply chain, ensuring that suppliers will be able to support continued scheduled aircraft deliveries”.

Using additive manufacturing, production supply chains are more efficient and flexible by allowing parts to be produced quickly and on-demand at locations that are optimized for delivery to final assembly lines. Compared to conventional manufacturing methods, it also brings an improvement in the buy-to-fly ratio as these techniques wastes less material.

Middleton writes, “We see the demand for our additive manufacturing solutions coming from a variety of time-sensitive industries, including everything from aerospace and automotive to medical and consumer products”. He adds, “By adopting Stratasys additive manufacturing strategies in supply chain management, companies can not only protect time-to- market commitments but also increase product innovation while decreasing inventory requirements.”

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