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Boeing uses first FAA-approved 3D-printed parts for the 787

Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:27 pm

Boeing expects to shave $2 to $3 million off each 787 Dreamliner's manufacturing costs by 2018, thanks to 3D-printed titanium:

Boeing has just signed a contract with Norwegian company Norsk Titanium for its first structural 3D-printed titanium parts for use in its 787 Dreamliners, Reuters reports.

While 3D printing titanium may sound exotic, the move is actually a cost saving measure that Norsk Titanium estimates could save Boeing as much as $3 million per plane if Boeing takes to printing as many parts out of titanium as it can. But to begin with, Norsk will only print four different parts, after long negotiations and cooperation with both Boeing and the FAA. By 2018, the pair hope to expand the variety of parts printed for use in Boeings roughly 144 Dreamliners produced each year.


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http://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/ ... -titanium/
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Re: Boeing uses first FAA-approved 3D-printed parts for the 787

Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:01 pm

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1360529

but for Airbus and 1st test A380
 
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Re: Boeing uses first FAA-approved 3D-printed parts for the 787

Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:50 pm

Anything about what parts they are going to print?
Simple structural items?
Something rather complex like the tested hydraulic control block tested on A380?
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Re: Boeing uses first FAA-approved 3D-printed parts for the 787

Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:02 pm

Boeing now uses over 300 3D printed plastic parts on various programs.
 
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Re: Boeing uses first FAA-approved 3D-printed parts for the 787

Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:49 am

going over the article the title is wrong.

No use yet.

Boeing has readied plans to have parts manufactured by Norsk including preparations for an eventual certification from the FAA.
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Re: Boeing uses first FAA-approved 3D-printed parts for the 787

Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:43 am

KarelXWB wrote:
Boeing expects to shave $2 to $3 million off each 787 Dreamliner's manufacturing costs by 2018, thanks to 3D-printed titanium:

Boeing has just signed a contract with Norwegian company Norsk Titanium for its first structural 3D-printed titanium parts for use in its 787 Dreamliners, Reuters reports.

While 3D printing titanium may sound exotic, the move is actually a cost saving measure that Norsk Titanium estimates could save Boeing as much as $3 million per plane if Boeing takes to printing as many parts out of titanium as it can. But to begin with, Norsk will only print four different parts, after long negotiations and cooperation with both Boeing and the FAA. By 2018, the pair hope to expand the variety of parts printed for use in Boeings roughly 144 Dreamliners produced each year.


Full article
http://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/ ... -titanium/


Will this be exclusively for the 787 Dreamliners, or will these parts eventually make their way to the 737MAX series aircraft
 
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Re: Boeing uses first FAA-approved 3D-printed parts for the 787

Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:39 pm

Astounding! I suspect almost every titanium part is up for consideration. A friend with a machine shop made wooden parts for military jets, I assumed they were really one-time jigs used in assembly. When I saw the title of this thread I assumed it would be for such jigs. But this is big-time. And revolutionary, decades faster than most of us expected.
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Re: Boeing uses first FAA-approved 3D-printed parts for the 787

Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:29 am

frmrCapCadet wrote:
Astounding! I suspect almost every titanium part is up for consideration.


producing high quality Titanium stock is expensive.
Producing Titanium ( or some Ti-alloy ) powder is much cheaper.

machining Titanium is demanding.
producing parts from stock material is volume inefficient ( most goes away as shavings ).

Titanium really is perfect for additive manufacture ( if you can get the final material properties right.)
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