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3D printing for aircraft parts takes off at Lufthansa

Written by Paul

October 23, 2018

(Credit: Lufthansa Group) Lighter components make for more fuel-efficient aircraft. So could 3D printing hold the key to ‘lightweighting’ in the aviation sector? asks Jessica Twentyman. Lufthansa Technik, the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) division of German airline Lufthansa, has announced the opening of its new Additive Manufacturing Centre in Germany, dedicated to exploring the use of 3D printing in creating lightweight aircraft parts. So-called ‘lightweighting’ is a big issue in the aviation industry. A lighter aircraft requires less fuel to make its journey, which has significant benefits when it comes to both cost and environmental impact. According to Lufthansa Technik, 3D printing – sometimes referred to as additive manufacturing – isn’t just a matter of creating parts that weigh less. The technology also offers more freedom in designing parts and greater speed of manufacturing, too. This is a big advantage in low-volume manufacturing situations, where a prototype or […]

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