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Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is using Ultimaker’s 3D printers to accelerate maintenance and repair operations at the Woensdrecht Air Force Base.
Bas Janssen, CLSK AIR Innovation Coach said, “We make tools ourselves because we have very unique items within the Air Force.”
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“WITH A 3D PRINTER, WE CAN REPAIR OUR COMPONENTS QUICKER AND MORE SAFELY. WE USE IT TO PRINT TOOLINGS, FIXTURES, AND PROTOTYPES WITH THE HIGHEST STANDARDS.”
The Ultimaker S5 at Royal Netherland Air Force’s Woensdrecht Air Base. Image via Ultimaker.
Printers - Times - Maintenance - Repair - Benefit
3D printers can reduce lead times and enable on-spot maintenance and repair. Due to these benefit, the army and air force of various countries have shown a lot of interest in the technology. Many U.S Military and Air Force (USAF) bases have made 3D printers and 3D scanners as part of their repair toolkit. For example, the Travis Air Base uses 3D scanners for quality assurance and rapid repair of aircraft. In addition to this, the USAF’s MAMLS project is geared towards integrating advanced 3D printing techniques across the United States.
To fully integrate the 3D printing technology in maintenance operations of RNLAF, Bas Janssen founded the MakAirsJop, a makerspace for defense personnel. At the MakAirsJop recruits can learn about design and 3D printing for aircraft maintenance and prototyping.
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Janssen explained, “The people who work with 3D printing often have no technical background, but only need about three hours of training. After that, they start looking for solutions for issues they have in their work.”
Royal Netherlands Air Force has Ultimaker 3 and S5 3D printers at the Woensdrecht Air Force Base. The Woensdrecht base is the primary support hub of the Netherlands Air Force and F-16 fighter jets’ repair workshop....
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