At the beginning of the year Composites World relased an article where the European based company Airbus reported on how 3-D printing would revolutionize their planes. They spoke on how the use of 3-D printed improves efficiency and lead time as well as allowing for significant weight reduction. Some companies are starting to jump on board while others are being left behind. Many companies are afraid to take the plunge into this new technology fearing 3-D printing isn’t at par with the parts they are recieving now. What they are missing is there are many processes out such as 3-D sand printing that give companies the same structurally sound parts they recive now.
Check out the short article Airbus expands use of additive manufacturing and watch the video below.