Airbus Helicopters is utilizing 3D printers from Trumpf to fabricate parts for its helicopters and for plane from the dad or mum firm Airbus. Airbus Helicopters is increasing its additive manufacturing capabilities with a brand new 3D printing centre in Donauwörth, Germany.
“With this modern manufacturing course of, we’re engaged on the helicopters of the longer term in Donauwörth. Amongst different issues, 3D printing helps scale back the load of parts,” stated Helmut Färber, web site supervisor of Airbus Helicopters in Donauwörth.
The additive manufacturing course of helps plane operators scale back gasoline consumption and decrease their prices. It will possibly additionally assist scale back CO2 emissions in flight. Airbus Helicopters will use the 3D printing course of to supply parts for the electric-powered CityAirbus, the experimental high-speed Racer helicopter and the Airbus A350 and A320 passenger plane, amongst others.
“With its manufacturing know-how, Trumpf is a dependable associate to the aviation business worldwide. Our 3D printing methods are a key know-how on the trail to sustainable flying and so they scale back dependency on lengthy provide chains,” commented Richard Bannmüller, CEO Trumpf Laser and System Know-how. Additive manufacturing permits whole assemblies to be printed as one part. This protects weight. On the similar time, the parts are very steady and meet the strict security necessities of the aviation business.
Airbus Helicopters is utilizing 3D printers from Trumpf to fabricate structural parts product of titanium and high-strength aluminium.
“Additive manufacturing saves costly uncooked materials and might decrease manufacturing prices within the aviation business. 3D printers solely use the fabric that designers really want for his or her parts and that finally ends up taking off within the plane,” stated Bannmüller. “3D printing customers can even reuse unused steel powder. Typical manufacturing processes, however, require as much as ten instances extra uncooked materials than the ultimate product. Due to this fact, when milling or chipping, a lot of the uncooked materials finally ends up being waste.”