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Spirit AeroSystems to Deliver First 3D-Printed Commercial Aircraft Part

Spirit AeroSystems to Deliver First 3D-Printed Commercial Aircraft Part

Written by David

December 23, 2018

Spirit AeroSystems receipted of its first additive-manufactured, titanium, structural component for the Boeing 787. The part, a back-up fitting for an access door latch, has been machined and finished at Spirit’s Wichita site, and installed in a 787 forward fuselage. The forward fuselage will ship to Boeing’s final assembly facility in January. The milestone follows more than nine years of collaboration on technology innovations and applications between Spirit and Norsk Titanium (NTi). “Integrating additive manufacturing capability into our production system to build end-use titanium parts expands Spirit’s fabrication capabilities and puts us at the forefront of advanced manufacturing,” said Kevin Matthies, Spirit AeroSystems senior vice president of Global Fabrication. “With our Norsk collaboration, Spirit is bringing the power and benefits of additive manufacturing in support of our customers.” An advanced form of 3D-printing, NTi’s proprietary plasma arc Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™) technology is used to build up the parts […]

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