Airbus and Materialise 3D Print First Cabin Component to be Seen by Passengers
“When it comes to 3D printing in the aerospace industry, few companies are more serious about the technology than Airbus. The company was ahead of others in incorporating 3D printing technology into its aircraft; all the way back in 2015, it had already placed more than 1,000 3D printed parts into its A350 XWB aircraft, and last year it introduced its first 3D printed primary flight control hydraulic component. A while ago, Airbus even filed a patent for a 3D printing process that could print entire airplanes.
With all of these 3D printed parts on Airbus airplanes, you would think that passengers would be used to seeing them by now – but that’s not the case. Believe it or not, all of those 1,000-plus 3D printed parts on the A350 XWB are hidden from passengers, as are all of the 3D printed parts on the company’s other aircraft. It’s only now that Airbus is introducing the first 3D printed component to be visible to passengers – a 3D printed spacer panel installed on an Airbus A320 aircraft operated by Finnair…”
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