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Air New Zealand And Zenith Tecnica Cooperation Development Of 3D Printing Metal Aircraft Parts
Aug 13, 2018

Air New Zealand and New Zealand Zenith Tecnica company cooperation research plane of 3D printing, metal parts and tools supposedly can shorten development time and cost.

                                                                     3D printing wine aerator

The airline has been cooperating with headquarters is located in the north shore of company of New Zealand, the company specializing in titanium parts material manufacturing.Zenith Tecnica using Arcam electron beam melting (EBM), through the metal powder melt together, create the traditional manufacturing technology cannot replicate complex geometry parts.It is satellite, formula one motor racing and yacht manufacturing parts.

"It is to show the strength of the titanium 3D printing parts in aircraft applications, versatility and practicality of a good project," general manager of the Zenith Martyn Newby says.

Air New Zealand in 2016 began to 3D printing simple plastic tank component, and ST Engineering Aerospace and other partners to develop more advanced parts.

Air New Zealand's chief operating officer Bruce Parton, said the airline is committed to by 3D printing material innovation.

"With the local operators Zenith Tecnica cooperation and provide support for it, and, in collaboration with global GE Additive, learning and cooperation in this field, this is going to be great.Although we are currently in cooperation with the company for the initial stage of the 3D printing for our senior business cabin we print the prototype metal framework, quick test new concepts and ideas, we also made a new wine aerator.

"Although looks like a duplicate aircraft engine aerator is a bit of fun, but we are very excited, they represent possibility for 3D printing both save costs and save space."

The airline is still with the university of Auckland, Wellington Victoria university, along with other technology companies, and to explore new production process.Recently, it has been the use of 3D laser scanner to create a part design, tool design and indoor modeling.

"Aircraft interior consists of tens of thousands of parts, and we only need a small amount of 3D print-on-demand lightweight components, rather than relying on the traditional manufacturing method, it has a great benefit to our business," said Patton.