The Airbus A350 XWB jet has more than 1,000 3D-printed parts manufactured by Stratasys, delivered to the aircraft manufacturer in late 2014. The A350 XWB has a 7,750-nautical mile range and can seat around 315 passengers in its wide-body plane.
Airbus and Stratasys started working together in 2013, with Airbus seeking 3D-printed parts to help keep production costs down - and so it can meet scheduled timelines. The custom parts must be able to meet airline safety standards, while reducing production times and overhead for the airline manufacturer.
3D-printed parts have a growing number of uses, and the aerospace industry wants to use them for commercial and private aircraft.
"From what I can gather it's certainly unprecedented in scale," said James Woodcock, 3D printing specialists at Rapid News, in a statement to the BBC. "Historically, the use of 3D printed parts have been in military aircraft rather than commercial passenger jets."
Last updated: Apr 6, 2020 at 08:43 pm CDT
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