Airbus adds additive manufacturing to the A350 XWB supply chain


This time it has been Stratasys, a leading company in the 3D printing market, which has just announced that the multinational Airbus has standardized the use of ULTEM 3 9085D printing material for the production of parts for its A350 XWB aircraft.. As a preview, let you know that ULTEM 9085 material not only meets all Airbus material specifications, but also thanks to the fact that it combines a high strength / weight ratio, according to the FST classification for aircraft parts, it allows the production of resistant parts and more. light.

As commented Andy Middleton, President of Stratasys EMEA:

In 2014, Airbus produced a significant number of parts with its Stratasys FDM-based 3D printers for use in the new A350 XWB aircraft, enabling Airbus to meet its delivery commitments on time. We are delighted to assist Airbus in its initiative to industrialize the inclusion of Stratasys 3D printed parts in the supply chain for the production of the A350 XWB, thus ensuring that suppliers can continue to help deliver aircraft on schedule. .

Airbus begins using 3D printing to manufacture spare parts for the A350 XWB.

As discussed, 3D printing brings a new level of efficiency, flexibility and savings in costs and production time to supply chains, which, in turn, makes it possible to produce parts on demand and on demand. Optimized locations for entry to final assembly lines. In addition to this, as has been commented from Airbus, notably improves the BTF index, because much less material is used compared to manufacturing by traditional methods.

For Andy Middleton:

We see demand for our additive manufacturing solutions coming from a variety of industries where deadlines are critical, from the automotive and aerospace industries to consumer and medical products. By adopting Stratasys additive manufacturing strategies in supply chain management, companies not only ensure compliance with time-to-market timelines, but also increase product innovation while reducing inventory requirements. .

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