Company News Stratasys wins large aerospace orders
In what is one of its largest single orders to date, Stratasys, has announced that AM Craft, has purchased four large-scale production-grade Stratasys F900 3D printers.
“In recent years, we’ve seen an ongoing demand for 3D-printed production parts among major aircraft OEMs,” comments Jānis Jātnieks, Co-founder and CEO, of AM Craft. “Although Covid-19 has shocked the industry in the last few months, we are seeing efforts to return to business by remodeling passenger planes for cargo shipments, as well as projects to increase customer safety measures and improve the inflight customer experience — for example by providing mobile device charging stations and Wi-Fi infrastructures. In such cases, additive manufacturing is way ahead of slower and more costly traditional methods.
“One of the mainstay pillars that enables us to realise this business case into real-world applications is Stratasys’ highly-repeatable FDM-based 3D printing technology in conjunction with aerospace-grade materials like Ultem 9085 resin. Crucially, this gives us the capability to meet strict rules and regulations around certification that require the highest level of repeatability and traceability with every part manufactured,” he adds.
The flame-retardant, high-performance UltemTM 9085 resin meets stringent flame, smoke and toxicity (FST) criteria and retains traceability required by the aerospace industry.
“As the Covid-19 pandemic caused the world to re-think supply chain strategies, AM Craft was already a step ahead,” says Yann Rageul, Director Manufacturing Solutions, Stratasys. “The same flexibility offered by Stratasys FDM technology that allowed aerospace manufacturers to change gears and quickly produce personal protective equipment in response to supply chain shortages, is what can enable those same aerospace companies to advance their goals in cabin customisation. Both recovery from supply chain disruptions and cabin customization require repeatable, cost-effective, low volume manufacturing, and that’s exactly what AM Craft has invested in with Stratasys.”