Learning to Fly – how AM Will Become a Most Successful Business in Aviation Services

Dr. Jörg Rissiek, Stephan Bloempott, Florian Vennemann, Airbus/Satair


Innovative Additive Manufacturing solutions contribute to solving global aerospace material services challenges with regard to increasingly strict requirements for lead time and quality for growing fleets of new and aging aircraft. When describing applications for Additive Manufacturing in aerospace the authors distinguish between the vast portfolio of flying parts, which require comprehensive certification, and the specific scope of tools and ground support equipment which entail looser certification requirements. Three main drivers are identified to leverage the overall potential of Additive Manufacturing in aerospace. Firstly, the certification and qualification of parts, materials and processes need to be streamlined and accelerated. Secondly, a step-change in cost and time efficiency of the process is required. Thirdly, Additive Manufacturing is expected to unlock a potential of highly customized parts. The materialization of the above drivers is expected to significantly increase the scope of economically and technically feasible parts for Additive Manufacturing within the next decade; Additive manufactured parts will be flying on all aircraft latest by 2027.

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