Does your airplane contain 3D printed parts?

If you fly in a plane in the next few years, you are statistically likely to be flying in one that contains 3D-printed parts. The Aerospace industry is a great example of utilization of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing (AM).

Not only OEMs, and suppliers are applying 3D Printing, but airlines are seeing the potential and are investing in 3D printing capabilities within their own facilities.

However there are some roadblocks to be taken, like the slow adoption of achieving airworthiness certification from authorities such as the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency).

The following topics will be covered in the conference program:

The 3D printing / Additive Manufacturing of both jet engine prototypes and end-use parts has a significant impact on development and production of engines.
3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing enables aerospace companies to produce tailor-made, high-quality parts for cabin and cockpit equipment.
Reducing complex assemblies from many parts to few parts, is one example of the applyting 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing.
Cost-effective production of prototypes and small production runs play an important role in the growing market for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) / Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
3D printing / Additive Manufacturing revolutionizes mold tool design and production, but can also be used for producing custom tools, jigs, fixtures etc.
Being able to 3D print objects on space missions would also allow us certain flexibility in our solution-finding processes. Situations and conditions on a space or analogue mission always vary to some extent from what was expected during the planning process. This can have a big impact on envisaged scientific experiments or even make it impossible to conduct them. Having direct access to a 3D printer would allow the crew to redesign and manufacture tools adapted to the new situation with relatively little effort.
Maintence, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) In the field of aviation, MRO is a supporting industry. MRO companies for airlines have trained staff and all the equipment necessary to perform the repair and maintenance. Aviation MRO services have become the backbone to airline industry because they are responsible for keeping the flights on time as they continually show their duties to make the aircrafts functional on time. 3D Printing offers huge opportunities for this ever growing industry.

The Conference program offers aerospace professionals the chance to learn about and to look at challenges / opportunities from different perspectives using Additive Manufacturing in their professional use.

Who should attend?
Any person who is involved in the value chain of creating / manufacturing aerospace products / services, from designer to engineer, from researcher to supplier, from toolmaker to software developer and from quality control to production. We invite you to visit the website to find out why you should attend the conference.

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