Emirates has announced that it has used cutting-edge 3D printing technology to manufacture components for its aircraft cabins.
The airline has reached a significant milestone in innovation by using Selective Laser
Sintering (SLS), a new and innovative 3D printing technique to produce video monitor
shrouds. One of the other recent achievements has been the 3D printing, certification
and installation of aircraft cabin video monitor shrouds for onboard trials.
Emirates has worked with 3D Systems’ advanced aerospace engineering teams,
and with UUDS, a European aviation Engineering and Certification Office and Services
Provider based in France, to successfully print the first batch of 3D printed video
monitor shrouds using 3D Systems’ Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology platform.
This technology uses lasers to bind together powdered plastic into the required shape
defined by a 3D model and is different from the Fusion Deposition Modelling (FDM)
technique normally used for printing aircraft 3D parts. The material used to print
Emirates’ Video Monitor Shrouds is a new thermoplastic developed by 3D Systems –
DuraForm® ProX® FR1200 – with excellent flammability resistance properties and
surface quality suitable for commercial aerospace business applications.source is SLS Production Grade Materials
Glass-filled Nylon 12
Engineering Nylon 12 with excellent stiffness and heat resistance for durable prototypes and low- to mid-volume production parts.
Jigs / fixtures
Rigid enclosures / cases
Glass-filled Nylon 12 for high strength
and heat resistance
For rugged physical testing and
Aircraft and automotive end-use parts
Fiber-reinforced Nylon 12
A fiber-reinforced engineering nylon with excellent stiffness and high temperature resistance.
Non-conductive and RF transparent. For testing and use in rugged environments.
Jigs / fixtures
Housings / enclosures
Fiber-filled reinforced composite
Non-conductive and RF transparent
High strength-to-weight ratio
High thermal resistance under load
Stiff / rigid BENEFITS
High temperature resistance
Formula One racing is an endurance engineering sport fueled by relentless innovation. Teams work tirelessly to reach and beat an ever-evolving standard
of peak performance, and the spirit is no different at Renault Sport Formula One Team. There, the research and development machine never stops and
the contributions of technical partners play a crucial role in helping the
organization reach its targets.
“Race after race, new components made of complex composites and aerospace
alloys see the light after surviving a harsh selection in the R&D and simulation
labs,” explains Renault Sport Formula One Technical Director, Nick Chester.
“At the end of a racing season, we expect our race car to be in excess of a
second per lap quicker than when we started, and our technical partners have
to survive the same ruthless selection. We aren’t interested in relationships
that don’t bring value in our quest for performance.”
This requirement for ongoing innovation and active collaboration is the
foundation for Renault Sport Formula One Team’s choice of 3D Systems
and its array of 3D printing technologies and expertise. source is SLS Production Grade Materials
Durable elastomer with good tear resistance, surface finish and feature detail.
Shore A hardness can be varied without changing material.
Gaskets, seals and hoses
Durable thermoplastic urethane material
Rubber-like flexibility for prototyping
Tear and abrasion resistant
Prototyping and production of footwear components
Elastomeric / rubber-like