3D printing technologies are announced as one of the most important developments in the next few years in industrial production, including the aeronautical sector. We invite you to discover what are the possible advantages for companies in the aerospace sector.
What are the different applications of 3D printing in the aeronautical sector?
Additive manufacturing (by addition of matter) of 3D printers allows the manufacturers of the sector to quickly innovate, to carry out rigorous tests and to develop more efficient tools, in short term, and with ergonomics of greater use. All this, allows to optimize resources and reduce production costs.
Can we consider an industrialization of printed pieces or are they only useful for testing and prototypes?
The major players in the aerospace sector have started a certification approach of a significant number of parts that include this manufacturing process. A prerequisite before industrializing production. The limitations of the aeronautical sector impose an important work of R&D, technology certification, materials, suppliers ...
What are the advantages of the pieces produced with 3D printing?
In general, a high precision of the design and production, a reduction of the residues of matter and a reduction of the costs and time of production. The maintenance required is less important, the printers can work at night. In the aeronautical sector, 3D printing is also synonymous of reducing weight in aircraft, as well as reducing fuel consumption and improving performance. Finally, builders can reduce their tool because assembly is not required: everything is printed in one piece.
Are the parts sufficiently solid for an application in the aeronautical sector?
Materials used in the aerospace sector, such as ULTEM 9085 (FDM thermoplastic, for "molded material deposit modeling") are approved for their high force / weight ratio in...