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Aircraft Certification? No Problem: 3D printing is here to HELP!

by • April 19, 2016 • No Comments

  • You can have heard of 3D printed airplanes, which is just the begin, aircraft manufacturers can now save millions of dollars by realizing the future of 3D printing. The aerospace giant Boeing has come up with a one-of-a-kind concept of ice proof testing their planes without actually exploiting in extreme weather conditions; actuallytually, a patent filed on Sep 16, 2014 under the name “Systems and Methods for Icing Flight Tests” was published on March 17, 2016 and presents an revolutionary method which uses 3D printed composites(plastics with great properties) to simulate the behavior of icing when an aero plane is in flight at higher altitudes.


    Boeing propose 3D printed ice blocks to aid air craft certification.

    (Picture Source: http://www.boeing.com/commercial/freighters/)


    During air craft flights temperatures may reach well at a lower place absolute zero, which means there are not just higher stresses but in addition icing on sure parts of an aero plane, especially wings, flaps and rudders which are most worthwhile during flight operations. This takes place when small water droplets strike and suddenly freeze on the surface of plane, severely affecting the aerodynamics of the plane, but this does not just take place in flight as another form of icing occurs while a plane is in stationary condition. This condition is so dangerous which the aircraft can stall and lead towards a fatality if higher degree of icing turn it intos. Modern planes are usually equipped with de-icing equipment but if the icing crosses a worthwhile limit, things can lead to temporary loss of control.

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    3D printed composites placed at worthwhile areas where icing is expected.

    Picture Source: Boeing patent (Espacenet)

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    Ice buildup on a plane wing.

    The thought is to use 3D printed composites of precise sizes at areas prone to icing, this not just simulates the reality flight but in addition saves millions of dollars usually wasted on infrastructure required for testing. Some sources point which Boeing is not the initially one to turn it into such kind of certification and other air craft manufacturers like Airbus have been via this kind of ice testing most of years back.


    Things can not stop here, the future stage is to turn it into highly dense aerospace parts which were not actually imaginable preceding.

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