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Air New Zealand to 3D print its own aircraft interior parts – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 9:23 am
Press Release: Air New Zealand 24 February 2016
Air New Zealand to 3D print its ownaircraft interior parts

Air New Zealand isembracing the next of aircraft interiors by successfullyproducing 3D printed components for its Business Premiercabins.

The airline has been working with AucklandUniversity of Technology to manufacture the fold downcocktail trays that form part of its award-winning BusinessPremier seat via new 3D printing – in addition known asadditive layer making innovation.

Air NewZealand Chief Operations Officer Bruce Parton says the moveinto 3D printing is one of most new moves the airlinecurrently has underway.

“Aircraft interiors are madeup of tens of thousands of parts. Not just can’t we holdstock of each replacement part we can require, we frequently justrequire a tiny number of units that can be reallyexpensive to create via traditional making methodsand can involve frustrating delays while a replacement partis delivered,” Mr Parton says.

“A big advantage of3D printing is that it allows for us to manufacture cost-effectivelightweight parts ourselves, and to do so rapidly withoutcompromising on safety, durablity or durability.”

AirNew Zealand hopes to begin installing the 3D printedcocktail trays on aircraft in the coming weeks, pendingfinal regulatory approval.

Mr Parton says Air NewZealand is exploring opportunities to commence additional 3Dprinted components. “It appears the possibilities arelimited just by our imagination.”


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