Friday, 12 June 2015

3D-Printed Parts from Eden Prairie Used to Build New Commercial Jetliner

When airplane parts didn't arrive on time, European Aerospace company Airbus was in a bind because it had a deadline to meet. Technology designed by a local Minnesota company saved the day and helped create a first-of-its-kind plane.

Airbus used more than 1,000 3-D printed parts to build their brand-new a350 XWB commercial jetliner thanks to a production system designed in Eden Prairie by Stratasys.

Dozens of parts that cover up something in the aircraft – like wires, cabling and brackets – were all made from a strong, uniquely-formulated, flight-approved material called ULTEM 9085, said Scott Sevcik, Aerospace and Defense business development manager at Stratasys. Read more >>