TCT Magazine reports on the recent announcement of a partnership between BigRep and Etihad Airways. The partnership aims to develop more 3D printed aerospace solutions.
BigRep, which is a large-format 3D printer manufacturer based in Berlin, Germany, plans to, with the help of Etihad Airways Engineering, “apply 3D printing to the production of novel cabin parts and concepts for both new aircraft and retrofit installations.”
Etihad Airways Engineering’s Vice President of Engineering, Design, & Innovation Berhard Randerath explains: “Etihad Airways Engineering and BigRep share a vision to bring the 3D-printed cabin into production, together with our partners. Our goal is to enable 3D-printing technologies for cabin parts – be it on new aircraft programs or for retrofit installations – to serve our airline customers with innovative and smart solutions.”
BigRep’s CEO & CFO Stephan Beyer adds: “We believe Etihad Airways Engineering, with its expertise, is the perfect fit to cooperatively shape the industrialization of AM for the aviation industry. We believe we offer the best additive manufacturing solutions today with our BigRep equipment, but to unfold the full potential of our technology for the aerospace sector, we have to jointly certify new aviation materials and establish specific AM design and engineering guidelines in parallel.”
Specifically, BigRep and Etihad aim to develop “a wider spectrum of high-performance AM-suitable polymer materials capable of passing the aerospace certification process.”
Image and Quotes Courtesy of BigRep, Etihad, and TCT Magazine