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European aeronautics leader Airbus has made yet another breakthrough in the fields of 3D printing and aviation: it has successfully installed a titanium 3D printed bracket on an in-series production A350 XWB aircraft.
According to the company, while 3D printed parts have already been used in some of its series production Airbus A320neo and A350 XWB test aircraft, the recent installation marks the first time a 3D printed component will be included in a series production A350 aircraft.
Part - Bracket - Titanium - Aircraft - Pylon
The part itself is a bracket made from titanium which is fitted into the aircraft pylon, the part of the plane that effectively connects the wings and the engine. And though the 3D printed part is small, it has an important role to play in the pylon’s structure.
Airbus’ A350 XWB aircraft is built to accommodate 280 to 266 passengers, and is used by such commercial airlines as Qatar Airways, Singapore Airline, and Finnair. Other than now integrating a 3D printed element, the aircraft is also known as being the first Airbus plane to have its fuselage and wing structure made mostly from a carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer.
Course - Airbus - Manufacturing - Time - Aeronautics
Of course, Airbus has been working with additive manufacturing for some time now, as the aeronautics company...
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