Industry Insights: 3D Printing in Aerospace Industry
Challenges in Aerospace Industry
Stratasys technology helps aerospace manufacturers innovate faster, test more thoroughly and maximize resources. Aerospace engineers rely on patented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology for prototyping, tooling and part manufacturing. FDM works with high-performance thermoplastics, including ULTEM 9085, to build jigs, fixtures, check gauges and production aircraft parts.
3D printing can help to build from end-use-parts such as wind tunnel to jigs & fixtures or even dashboard/cockpit.
Why 3D Printing for Aerospace Industry?
Offset Expensive CNC Production
For low-volume tooling and durable end-use parts, it will be more cost effective and faster to produce with an in-house 3D printer using Stratasys patented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology. It works with production-grade thermoplastics, such as ABS, Nylon, etc. including high-performance thermoplastics like PC and ULTEM 9085.
Production Grade Materials
Stratasys patented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Production Systems work with high-performance thermoplastics such as ULTEM 9085, which provides an ideal solution for the manufacturing of component parts for aircraft and ductwork because of its FST rating, high strength-to-weight ratio and existing certifications.
Test & Identify Design Problems in Early Stage
In some cases, it is not effective at finding design problems in 3D CAD drawing itself. By producing out a physical model with a Stratasys 3D printer, you can easily identify a component issue that may have been missed in the initial design stage.
3D printing is capable of making aerospace production parts on demand.