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Airbus installed the first visible 3D printed part in the Finnish airline's A320 cabin.
Apr 13, 2018

European aviation giant airbus has long been at the forefront of manufacturing technology for 3D printing.In addition to rapid prototyping, more than 1,000 finished plastic and metal parts have been used for various aircraft since 2015, including the A350 and A320.The company has recently reached another milestone, as it debuts the first 3D printing widget that will be visible to passengers.The A320 jet's cabin was fitted with a 3D printed spacer, operated by Finnish airlines.


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When the design of the cockpit layout is updated, the partition board will be used.When these changes occur, due to changes in size and other problems, there is often a gap between the different parts and parts, so the partition helps to eliminate these gaps.This special 3D printing spacer will be used to fill a row of storage space on top of the head.

Using Finnair service passengers will be able to see the new 3D printing interval on the A320 panel, and 3D printing parts before install only behind the panel, hidden out of sight, the reason is that the airbus cabin adopted strict aesthetic standards.Compared with engine design, the cabin looks like a trivial problem.Visual environment, however, will be a huge impact on passenger comfort, their opinion on the quality of parts will affect their sense of security and confidence, the feeling is often seen as dangerous means of transport.The 3D printed plastic parts sometimes look worse than the actual quality, and airbus wants to avoid such assumptions.


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Because of the advanced features of 3D printing technology, the design of the panel is much more complicated than before.It USES a bioinspired lattice support structure to reduce weight by 15%.The same structure will take longer to use in the production of injection molding technology, and the cost will be higher because of the small number of requirements.This small volume production, which is used to modify and replace parts, is a key area in which 3D printing can provide great advantages for aerospace manufacturing and maintenance.After printing, the pad is colored, and the printing materials and coatings are highly flame retardant for obvious reasons.


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Airbus teamed up with Belgian 3D expert Materialise to launch a 3D printing project, and the two companies have been working together for more than two years.In the past, airbus has worked with the Minnesota giants Stratasys and Dutch 3D printing company Additive Industries to make the best use of Additive manufacturing.Other 3D printing of airbus last year first included an extra titanium bracket and a 3D printed hydraulic component.Metal AM subsidiary of the company APWorks is also committed to the use of 3 d printing and called Scalmalloy advanced alloy for its aircraft interior lighter partition, this is the world's largest 3 d printing metal aircraft parts.


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