3D printing technology has a wide range of applications. Though it is still at its initial stages, but in which form the 3D technology is being used or has the potential to be used in the future in the aerospace industry. What are the real industry examples?
There are various components in aeroplanes that can be made through 3D printing. These can be made light and affordable.
Some companies, like Boeing, Airbus and Etihad Airlines in partnership with BigRep, are working on to add more 3D parts to their aeroplanes.
Airbus A350 was the first plane which used the 3D printed titanium part. It was fitted under the pylon connecting jet engines to the wings of the aeroplane. Since its introduction in the airline industry, other companies are trying to find ways to use 3D printed parts in aerospace.
Boeing is also using 3D printed parts in its aircraft. The numbers of 3D printed parts which are used in aircraft account for a smaller portion in total parts, though it is still a significant contribution towards its adoption.