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Airbus and Singapore DSTA jointly develop 3D printing spare parts for military aircraft.
Jul 31, 2018

Singapore defense science and technology bureau (DSTA) has signed an agreement with airbus to jointly develop 3D printing spare parts to strengthen support for aircraft operating by the republic of Singapore air force (RSAF).

From left to right: Mr. Tan Peng Yam, chief executive of DSTA; ; Ms. Ngiam Le Na, air systems director of DSTA; Stephan Miegel, head of defense and aviation services for airbus; Stephan Miegel, head of airbus defence and aircraft.

Airbus defense and aerospace will support the DSTA design and certification of 3D printed spare parts for the RSAF aircraft under the terms of the implementation agreement signed at the farnborough airshow.




Parts from the additive will initially be tested on Singapore's new A330 multi-purpose tanker transport (a330-mrtt) aircraft.

"Digital represents the future of military aircraft services," says Stephan Miegel, airbus's head of defence and aircraft services. "we are now exploring the most promising technologies to operate. We are very grateful to DSTA for joining us in this journey of innovation.

"After the first 3D printing protocol, we further agreed to cooperate on data analysis for predictive maintenance. The partnership will add to the development of the new SmartForce maintenance data analysis suite launched by airbus in farnborough.

Launched on Monday, the SmartForce system is a suite of services that allow carriers to use aircraft data to improve troubleshooting, optimize maintenance, anticipate maintenance actions and flexibly plan material requirements.




The air force has ordered the A330 MRTT and expects the first A330 MRTT aircraft to be delivered to the air force within the next few months.

 The DSTA is a statutory committee under the Singapore defense ministry. It carries out defense technology programs, obtains defense materials, and develops defense infrastructure for the department of defense.

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