3-D Printing Takes Flight at Airbus

Airbus has printed more than 1,000 3-D parts for its A350 XWB aircraft, propelling the company even further down its additive manufacturing path.

The ULTEM 9085 parts, printed on Airbus' Stratasys FDM 3D Production Systems, replace components with stronger and lighter weight constructions that the company says significantly reduce both the production time and manufacturing costs of traditional parts.

The shift to 3-D, Airbus explains, is an effort to increase supply chain flexibility, enabling the company to meet its delivery commitment on-time.

"Additive manufacturing enables original and replacement parts to be digitally produced at the best suited locations, reducing both material waste and inventory requirements," explains Dan Yalon, executive vice president, for Stratasys.

"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." 

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