Airbus Expands 3D Printing Use

Additive Manufacturing continues to make inroads into the aerospace industry as Airbus describes how it’s integrating the technology into its products.

As part of their pivot toward 3D printing, Airbus has started to use printed metal parts in their A300 model family and also their newly released A350XWB. One of the biggest reasons the company has become interested in the technology is its ability to produce lighter, stronger components at a potential cost savings.

“We are on the cusp of a step-change in weight reduction and efficiency – producing aircraft parts which weight 30 to 55 percent less, while reducing raw material used by 90 percent,” says Peter Sander of Airbus. “This game-changing technology also decreases total energy used in production by up to 90 percent compared to traditional methods.” … (Read more)

Source: Engineering.com

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