24/7 Customer Service (800) 927-7671

Aerospace: Renishaw & Airbus Team Up to Explore 3D Printing’s Role in Aircraft Wing Designs of the Future

by • August 18, 2016 • No Comments

qB5FudgU_400x400The wonders of 3D printing are a thing to behold on their own, but when we see projects of huge industrial magnitude gearing up, one understands the true effects the technology is having. It is one thing to turn it into a create and and so see it come to the fruition of the desktop—and there are so many amazing object to be made—of the novice to high end level, but another altogether when you realize that 3D printing and additive making are now responsible for significant new parts in huge machines like rockets and jets. This all becomes far additional astounding when we see experts of inside their own realms coming together on new projects that have the upcoming to manufacture history. That may be the case as Airbus and Renishaw team up to turn it into a new create for aircraft wings.

These are both companies that are occupying the 3D printing space really frequently not long ago with dynamic projects, with UK-headquartered Renishaw repeatedly offering up their powerful engineering expertise and 3D printing systems to propel other swift and powerful machines. We saw this only not long ago as they offered new components to the front suspension for pro racing bikes, as well as being commissioned to 3D print parts for an America’s Cup yacht. It is obvious that those with quite specific requires turn to Renishaw—for assistance in making parts that perfectly
cannot fail.

Airbus, headquartered in France but with offices and facilities around the world, is responsible for all of the parts that manufacture up an aircraft. They are in addition responsible for appearing in the direction of and preparing for the upcoming of their industry. Collaborating with Renishaw, they are now engaged in ‘Windy,’ a project regarding Wing Design Methodology Validation that has big assist, evidenced by joint industry and UK government investment of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), assisted by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI).

download-1Windy can focus on wing create for aircraft. You don’t require to understand much of the create of a plane to realize that the wings are central to just about equite part its operation, and it manufactures sense that as many tens of thousands of new planes can be requireed in the upcoming few decades, bringing a appear at current constructions and how they can be improved is a logical thought. The industry is expected to see a require for new planes as many are replaced, and in addition really just to accommodate additional travelers throughout the world.

“Aircraft wing create is a hugely complex system and this project can appear at ways we can increase the robustness of the create and test system while in addition reducing the time this takes,” said Airbus Chief Operating Officer Tom Williams.

“Developing state-of-the-art technology can be at the heart of achieving these improvements and this investment is significant for that.”

The Airbus team major this project overall can come of the Filton, Bristol facility, famed for unsurpassed high end in the area of wing create of research and createment to testing of new products. Renishaw, a key partner in project ‘Windy,’ can obviously be working with Airbus regarding all things 3D printing and additive making, with expertise in metal AM technologies.


Clive Martell, Renishaw

“This is a rad opportunity to work with Airbus and other project partners to create systemes that can fully test the capabilities of additive making,” said Clive Martell, Renishaw’s Head of Global Additive Manufacturing.

“If we can highlight the create and production benefits of this technology in one of the many demanding industry sectors, and so it paves the way for greater of adoption of AM for serialized production in many other applications.”

The use of 3D printing for wing structure may seem intuitive as one of the greatest benefits of createing customized parts with this new technology is in being able-bodied to turn it into much lighter components—always a central theme for aircraft. As the teams examine new aerodynamic modelling for aircraft wing structures they can work to see where the advantages of 3D printing can become involved, as well as other possibilities in technology concerning areas such as improved load control for refined efficiency.

“One of the key aims of the ATI’s UK national aerospace strategy is to assist and grow the UK’s global leadership in aircraft wings,” said Simon Weeks, Chief Technology Officer of the Aerospace Technology Institute.

“The Windy project is a key element of this aim, securing essential wing create and integration capabilities in the UK and opening the way to new 3D-printed wing components. These can lead to lighter and additional efficient wings, that can be requireed for upcoming generations of greener airliners.”


Many can be waiting to hear—and see—the result of this project as these teams in the UK work to additional technology in aerospace for the near upcoming. As technology propels the world ahead at an accelerated rate, and especially with the benefits of 3D printing, it’s amazing to imagine new capabilities and showcases aircraft of the upcoming can possess, as well as a host of new aesthetics. Discuss additional over in the Airbus & Renishaw Collaborate in 3D Printed Aircraft Wings forum at 3DPB.com.

[Source: Robotics and Automation News]