Airbus Standardizes Stratasys 3D Printing Material for Use in Making Airplane Parts
Stratasys’ Ultem 9085 resin provides a high strength-to-weight ratio as well as the flame, smoke and toxicity compliance necessary for flight parts.
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has standardized Stratasys’ Ultem 9085 3D printing material for use in the production of flight parts for its A350 XWB airplanes. The resin is certified to an Airbus material specification and is used in Stratasys’ fused deposition modeling (FDM) additive manufacturing equipment.
By combining a high strength-to-weight ratio with flame, smoke and toxicity compliance for aircraft flight parts, Ultem 9085 enables the production of strong, lighter-weight parts while lowering manufacturing costs and production time, according to Stratasys.
“In 2014 Airbus produced a significant amount of parts on its Stratasys FDM-based 3D printers for use in new A350 XWB aircraft, enabling Airbus to meet delivery commitments on time,” says Andy Middleton, president of Stratasys EMEA.
Machining a large 3D-printed part for aerospace composite tooling is fundamentally different than manufacturing the part traditionally. Baker Industries knows this first-hand.
An engineering modification that would have been impractical or cost-prohibitive in the past is realized on a machine tool performing metal 3D printing and machining in the same cycle.
When Precision Metal Products purchased its first 3D printer last year, the company hoped to collapse both tooling costs and lead times. But the technology’s impact is reaching core business operations, enabling the shop to focus on higher-margin, lower-volume production.