As air traffic is steadily growing, the total volume is expected to roughly double over the next fifteen years. Even today, the industry is already under heavy load, as building and maintaining freight and passenger aircraft is a growing challenge. The CO 2 emissions from operating flights also need to be reduced. And additive manufacturing paves the way for solutions. In the aircraft construction sector, 3D printing makes faster production processes possible.
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Serena Ngoh Xometry. When it comes to trim, badges, emblems, and alignment, in particular, the company uses highly custom fixtures in the production assembly process. However, CNC machined tools that mate up to the complex curves of a car surface are very costly to produce, especially in lower volumes, and require long lead times. To create conformal tools at a lower cost, BMW began incorporating 3D printing and urethane casting into their tooling assemblies in However, by creating tools that were a mix of multiple manufacturing processes, engineers began to spend almost a quarter of their work time, or 10 hours a week, sourcing parts and managing vendors. Tooling Design Engineer Ryan Lambert began searching for a multi-process manufacturer who could create short-run or one-off parts for their custom fixtures and win back time wasted on sourcing administration. Manufacturing the fixture with additive processes like SLA, SLS, and FDM allows for the creation of specific geometries to securely clamp, plunge, and depress the trim by holding it flush against the curves of the vehicle.
Case Study: Voodoo Manufacturing Triples 3D Printing Production With Cobots
RapidMade is partnering with a team from OSU to develop an affordable way to create carbon-fiber reinforced 3D printed parts for the agricultural industry. Often, small farmers are faced with the difficult decision of purchasing expensive new equipment or trying to maintain older equipment that has been discontinued by the manufacturer. RapidMade and OSU are working to make industrial-grade 3D prints accessible to rural communities and help small farmers cut costs by 3D printing their own replacement parts.