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Airbus Flies First 3D-Printed Flight Control Component

Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:10 pm

Link/Source: http://www.mro-network.com/advanced-mat ... a157f0b68e


"Airbus has flown a 3D-printed spoiler actuator valve block on its flight-test A380, the valve block becoming the first 3D-printed primary flight control hydraulic component ever flown on an Airbus aircraft."
"Announcing the Airbus technological first, Liebherr-Aerospace, which made the 3D-printed titanium valve block to fit the spoiler actuator it supplies for the A380, says the 3D-printed component features the same manufacturing quality and performance as the conventionally manufactured valve block it makes from a titanium forging."

What would the FAA have to say about this, and could we see this type of component on other Airbus aircraft?
 
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Re: Airbus Flies First 3D-Printed Flight Control Component

Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:20 pm

AirbusMDCFAN wrote:
What would the FAA have to say about this, and could we see this type of component on other Airbus aircraft?


Airbus A380 _Flight Test Aircraft_ ...

Long way to go before you see those in regular certified use.
( and FAA will hem and haw until Boeing has similar parts available :-)
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Re: Airbus Flies First 3D-Printed Flight Control Component

Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:31 am

( and FAA will hem and haw until Boeing has similar parts available :-)


Boeing now does have 3D printed parts available. And quite frankly, the FAA will approve it if EASA does.
 
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Re: Airbus Flies First 3D-Printed Flight Control Component

Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:58 am

greg85 wrote:
( and FAA will hem and haw until Boeing has similar parts available :-)


Boeing now does have 3D printed parts available. And quite frankly, the FAA will approve it if EASA does.


IMU they don't have them available yet:
http://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/ ... -titanium/

They are into contracts now with Norsk and seem to have established proceedings with the FAA.
Hands on stuff in 2019/2020?
Murphy is an optimist
 
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Re: Airbus Flies First 3D-Printed Flight Control Component

Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:13 pm

WIederling wrote:
greg85 wrote:
( and FAA will hem and haw until Boeing has similar parts available :-)


Boeing now does have 3D printed parts available. And quite frankly, the FAA will approve it if EASA does.


IMU they don't have them available yet:
http://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/ ... -titanium/

They are into contracts now with Norsk and seem to have established proceedings with the FAA.
Hands on stuff in 2019/2020?


You are confusing or refusing to acknowledge the caveat, metal vs plastic. Boeing is using hundreds of printed plastic parts - today.
 
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Re: Airbus Flies First 3D-Printed Flight Control Component

Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:15 am

mham001 wrote:
You are confusing or refusing to acknowledge the caveat, metal vs plastic. Boeing is using hundreds of printed plastic parts - today.


No confusion on my side afaics.
In scope of the topic ( both here and in the Boeing/Norsk topic the object of desire is metal printed parts.

OP KarelXWB in the other topic:
Boeing expects to shave $2 to $3 million off each 787 Dreamliner's manufacturing costs by 2018, thanks to 3D-printed titanium:
Murphy is an optimist
 
WIederling
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Re: Airbus Flies First 3D-Printed Flight Control Component

Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:05 pm

mham001 wrote:
Boeing is using hundreds of printed plastic parts - today.


3D plastic parts is news from yesteryear:
http://3dprinthq.com/airbus-1000-3d-pri ... -aircraft/
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