EADS researchers use EBM 3D Printing to make Airbus A380 parts
Posted By sculpteo on Sep 20, 2011 |Chris Turner, an engineer at EADS Innovation Works near Bristol use an ARCAM 3D Printer to make a small part for an Airbus A380 airliner.
The aim is to test whether printed parts can stand up to use in airliners, helicopters, and spacecraft. “Once we know that, we can scale up,” he says. “We could adapt this to make large aircraft components.”
Two versions of a hinge for a jet-engine cover illustrate the capabilities of 3-D printing. The one in the background is made with conventional manufacturing methods. The printed shape in the foreground weighs half as much – View Slideshow
Source: Technology Review // Photo credit: Paul McMullin