Airbus, an international pioneer in the aerospace industry, has collaborated with Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, a company that delivers manufacturing solutions, to create 3-D printed polymer components for its A350 XWB aircraft. Stratasys will use its production- grade thermoplastics to build strong, long lasting and stable parts required for the aircraft. Stratasys will also employ its ULTEM 9085 material to print the components needs for system installation. This agreement and the use of 3-D printed parts will allow Airbus to achieve supply cost flexibility and competitiveness. It will also reduce material consumption and waste, making it a great investment for the environment.
This agreement will allow for Stratasys to be able to print and deliver multiple parts on demand to airbus, allowing for improved reactivity and shorter turnaround times aka not having to wait three to four weeks for factory production. Stratasys has an expertise in building parts that are aircraft ready, they also have a process that sets them apart from everyone else allowing them to improve quality procedures and controls. There are clearly so many advantages to 3-D parts, airbus is taking full advantage of this new era. Now almost all airbus aircraft parts will be made from 3D materials.
As a company, Stratasys began making 3-D parts in 2014 using ULTEM 9085 material to build applications that were available to be put on an aircraft. It was in the same year that the production of flying components, specifically for Airbus, were starting to be made. This is a huge step towards the future for the aerospace world. No longer will parts be extremely heavy, take forever to make, or be highly fragile and breakable. 3-D part printing is not only the future of Airbus parts but the future of aerospace, and soon many more aircrafts will jump on the train.