Airbus Helicopter’s Deutschland GmbH wanted to outfit their helicopters with observation cameras allowing for possible future applications for the police or army to aid in following movements on the ground. Historically, this process would require a part to be cut from aluminum and a “trial and error” period that would increase both cost and overall time required. However, using the x400 3D Printer from German RepRap, several prototypes were printed for testing which cut both cost and manufacturing time.
The decision to change from a laser-sinter process to the fused-filament fabrication (FFF) was not only driven by the cost savings. “The parts are a lot more rigid than the laser-sintered models”, says Thomas Pazulla, “The model contains hooks which often broke off in the past.”
Production using additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry brings many advantages. Airbus Helicopters use their German RepRap x400 3D printer in the development field to ensure deadlines, cost and quality goals. In a recent case, it's about validating the design of an integral new step.
The head of research and development, Benjamin Wolf recalls, “We have been using 3D Printing and rapid prototyping for a long time now, however, the stereo lithography equipment available at the beginning was of no use to us due to the limited selection of materials- we wanted to print with a material that would match the final product as closely as possible.”
The Popp Group, based in Forchheim, Germany produced 3D printed door hinges to help a customer in the medical technology sector reduce manufacturing costs for medical cabinets as part of a cost-down procedure. “Our aim was to reduce production costs by producing an adjustable hinge for which many identical parts can be used,” explains Holger Reid, technical product designer...
The Lindner Group, a family business based in Bavaria, Germany, is one of Europe’s leading specialists in the field of interior design, façade and insulation technology. The company has approximately 6,000 employees, and over the years there have been several subjects of interest related to 3D printing and frequently prototypes are made.
The formula student racing competition is not just a race, it’s a design competition in which the teams of individual universities develop and construct a new racing car each year and race against each other at different events over the course of that year.