Additive Manufacturing at Composites Europe

Composites Europe, which took place in September 2015 in Stuttgart, Germany, saw 3D printing provider, Stratasys, demonstrated how its additive manufacturing technology is transforming the face of manufacturing within the aerospace and automotive sectors. Showcasing a spectrum of prototype and production-parts, Stratasys invited visitors to witness how its engineered plastics are meeting the demand for lightweight parts with enhanced functionality across a multitude of aerospace and automotive applications.

Recent Stratasys customer announcements highlighting these financial and manufacturing benefits include:

  • Motor-racing team, Strakka Racing, which employed Stratasys FDM 3D printing technology throughout the design and manufacturing process on its S103 race-car. This comprised advanced prototyping to 3D printed production tools, as well as final 3D printed race-ready parts, which were produced significantly faster and cheaper than with traditional manufacturing methods.
  • Global aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, which recently produced 1,000 FDM 3D printed flight parts across its A350 XWB program. 3D printed in Stratasys’ ULTEM 9085 thermoplastic, which is FST (flame, smoke, and toxicity) compliant for aircraft interior applications, the lightweight parts were used in place of traditionally manufactured components to increase supply chain flexibility, enabling Airbus to meet its delivery commitment on-time.

“Composites Europe represents the ideal platform on which to demonstrate the manufacturing efficiencies achievable with Stratasys technology,” says Wolfgang Kochan, general manager DACH Region at Stratasys. “Thanks to the advanced properties of our materials, users within the aerospace and automotive sectors can now produce much lighter parts far more quickly and cost-effectively. This not only helps bring vehicles to market faster but can also increase their overall performance.”

Visitors to Stratasys’ stand got to see live up-close demonstrations of both FDM and PolyJet-based solutions which meet the application needs of users not only within automotive and aerospace, but also in industries such as medical and consumer goods.

Offering the choice of nine high-performance thermoplastics, the Fortus 450mc production system highlights the power of direct digital manufacturing for low-volume production. Meanwhile, those looking for advanced prototyping were shown the Objet30 Prime desktop 3D printer that works with 12 materials, among them, flexible options including rubber.

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