Airbus Selects Stratasys Additive Manufacturing for A350 XWB Aircraft's 3D Printed Flight Parts
3D Printing Case – Aerospace
The impact of Stratasys additive manufacturing continues to disrupt the aerospace industry. In the case of leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the company has produced more than 1000 flight parts on its Stratasys FDM 3D Production Systems specifically for its A350 XWB aircraft.
The 3D printed parts were used in place of traditionally manufactured parts to increase supply chain flexibility and making it possible for Airbus to deliver its commitments on time.
Strong, lighter weight parts resulting in less production time and cost
Airbus initiated development and certification of 3D printing with Stratasys in 2013 as a schedule risk reduction activity that proved valuable for the A350 XWB program and highlights a key benefit of 3D printing in the manufacturing industry.
The parts are 3D printed using ULTEM™ 9085 resin for FDM, which is certified to an Airbus material specification. ULTEM™ 9085 resin provides high strength-to-weight ratio and is FST (flame, smoke, and toxicity) compliant for aircraft interior applications. This enables Airbus to manufacture strong, lighter weight parts while substantially reducing production time and manufacturing costs.
Additive manufacturing also greatly improves the buy-to-fly ratio
“Both companies share a vision of applying innovative technologies to design and manufacturing to create game-changing benefits,” said Dan Yalon, Executive Vice President, Business Development, Marketing & Vertical Solutions for Stratasys.
“Our additive manufacturing solutions can produce complex parts on-demand, ensuring on time delivery while streamlining supply chains. Additive manufacturing also greatly improves the buy-to-fly ratio as significantly less material is wasted than with conventional manufacturing methods. Stratasys is looking forward to bringing these and other advantages to its collaboration with Airbus and to being part of Airbus’ Factory of the Future initiative.”
Additive manufacturing strategies continue to change the landscape
Leading companies in a variety of industries, from aerospace and automotive to consumer goods and medical, are partnering with Stratasys to adopt additive manufacturing strategies.
A transformative alternative to conventional manufacturing methods, Stratasys additive manufacturing enables original and replacement parts to be digitally produced at the best suited locations, reducing both material waste and inventory requirements. By adopting additive manufacturing throughout the product lifecycle, companies can therefore lower operational costs, accelerate time to market, decentralize production, and add new innovative product functionality.