3D printing integrates plastics and fibres for novel aircraft prototypes
Manufacturing changed dramatically with the introduction of 3D printing in the 1980s. Originally developed for rapid prototyping, 3D printing eliminates the need for expensive moulds and machines and subsequent post-processing and polishing. It creates prototypes with very high precision from the bottom up in layers of materials from a computer-aided design file. For that reason, it is also often called additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing is gaining ground for applications involving demanding conditions and large sizes such as the manufacture of aircraft components. The EU-funded 3D-SE project is propelling this revolutionary technology to the forefront of manufacturing with a focus on fibre-reinforced plastic components. A digital model will produce a demo part conforming to strict aviation-specific ISO standards.
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