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Airbus Opens Aerospace 3D Printing Factory in Germany

by • April 7, 2016 • No Comments

  • The Airbus A350 XWB aircraft is set to be the many 3D printed plane in history, carrying over 1,000 plastic endparts of Stratasys, a partially 3D printed engine of Rolls-Royce, 3D printed fuselage and engine pylon parts of Alcoa, as well as components of Materialise and probably actually a 3D printed partition inspired by mold. With all of this 3D printing, the defense giant is going to require additional 3D printing facilities, which is why they’ve only opened a 3D printing center in Germany with the Ludwig Bolköw Campus.

    EADS Ottobrunn

    The center is an extension of Airbus Group’s R&D facilities in Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen. The Aerospace Factory, as the new 3D printing center at the facility is being called, can be based out of the Ludwig Bolköw Campus, an industry and university collaborative venture located on-site. The location can be utilized to research the 3D printing of endparts for use in aerospace through work performed by a number of significant players including: Airbus Safran Launchers; metal 3D printing device developer EOS; engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines; the Technical University of Munich and its Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management; Airbus Group Innovations; the Fraunhofer Development Center for X-ray Technology (EZRT); Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH (IABG); Airbus subsidiary APWorks; virtual prototyping firm the ESI Group; and the Airbus Endowed Chair for Integrative Simulation and Engineering of Materials and Processes (ISEMP) of the University of Bremen.

    The news came yesterday as Aerospace Group inaugurated a new material research lab and broke ground for their E-Aircraft System House, which sees Airbus partnering with Siemens to explore electric flight. The materials lab is focutilized on creating lightweight, environmentally friendly materials. Staffed by 65 experts, the lab can explore such technologies as 3D printing and welding. The E-Aircraft System House can, when opened in 2018, can see the defense developer work to turn it into electric and hybrid aircraft engines to assist reduce CO2 emissions in aerospace.

    As amazing as the new 3D printing center is, I’m additional interested in the E-Aircraft System House. Worldwide government agreements to cut CO2 emissions seem to be at very least driving sizeable-bodied developers like Airbus to manufacture the requireed shift to clean fuel. I hope which they’re able-bodied to do so preceding it’s too late!

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