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Materialise to Deliver 3D-Printed, Flight-Ready Plastic Parts for Airbus
A new generation of aircraft, the A350 XWB offers 25 per cent lower fuel consumption in addition to highest comfort standards for passengers. These improvements reflect Airbus's focus on meeting the modern requirements of travelers, whose long-range flights are increasing in both frequency and distance. For its newest A350 XWB, Airbus introduced a high level of intelligence through the integration of simple, robust and efficient state-of-the-art systems, which ensure reliability and lower maintenance requirements. With these objectives in mind, it should come as no surprise that certain end-use parts of the A350 XWB are being 3D printed, especially given the benefits that this technology offers in terms of topology optimization and functional integration.
"Airbus understands and appreciates the benefits that 3D printing - or more appropriately in this case, Additive Manufacturing (AM) – can bring to the most modern widebody aircraft: the A350 XWB. In addition, with one of the most thorough test programmes developed for a jetliner, the use of AM end-use parts sends a strong signal about the reliability and quality that AM can deliver today," stated Materialise Executive Vice President of Production,
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Vanessa PalsenbargCorporate Communications Specialist, Materialise Phone: +32 16 39 66 37 Fax: +32 16 39 66 00 Email: Vanessa.Palsenbarg@materialise.be Twitter: @belgiancanuck or @MaterialiseNV Visit: www.materialise.com