Airbus picks Stratasys for additive manufacturing in A350 XWB supply chain

Airbus has standardized on Stratasys' ULTEM 9085 3D printing material for the production of flight parts for its A350 XWB aircraft.

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Stratasys Ltd. (Eden Prairie, Minnesota), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, reports that Airbus (Toulouse, France) has standardized on Stratasys' ULTEM 9085 3D printing material for the production of flight parts for its A350 XWB aircraft.

Stratasys’ ULTEM 9085 resin is certified to an Airbus material specification and is used in Stratasys’ FDM- (fused deposition modelling) based additive manufacturing solutions. Stratasys says that by combining a high strength-to-weight ratio with FST compliance for aircraft flight parts, ULTEM 9085 enables the production of strong, lighter weight parts while substantially reducing manufacturing costs and production 4me.

“In 2014 Airbus produced a significant amount of parts on its Stratasys FDM-based 3D printers for use in new A350 XWB aircraft, enabling Airbus to meet delivery commitments on time. We are pleased to support Airbus as they industrialize the inclusion of Stratasys 3D printed parts in the A350 XWB production supply chain, ensuring that suppliers will be able to support continued scheduled aircraft deliveries,” says Andy Middleton, president, Stratasys EMEA.