From 3D printing to robotics: Next-generation technologies at Airbus and Fraport
Using digital print data, the spare part can now be manufactured on demand at any time and large quantities no longer need to be stored over the long term. The new technology has already produced hundreds of different components: from the bionic-shaped titanium bracket for a cabin element in the A350 XWB to stairs for helicopters and the fuel pipe for the A400M military transporter.
Another example is the “Bionic Partition” which has won multiple awards. The 1.40 x 2.10 meter large dividing wall for cabins is the world’s largest 3D printed cabin component for airplanes and is made up of branch-like structures modelled after those found in nature. As a result, the wall is nearly half as light as usual. “If an A320 flies throughout the year, the airline can save three tons of kerosene and reduce the environmental impact by 30 tons of CO2,” Sander says.
Powerful luggage helpers
Photos: Airbus (2), Fraport