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ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IN AEROSPACE

Additive Manufacturing technologies are positively impacting all areas of Aerospace. From production aids and tooling to cabin components and end use parts, all of the top 10 leading Aerospace companies are using Additive to transform all areas of aircraft development and component production.

Whether you are a Tier 1 or 2 supplier, operate in Civil, Commercial or Military Aircraft, MRO (Maintenance & Repair Operations), Space Applications or Auxiliary services, there is a multitude of quick wins to achieve with Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace.

AREAS OF APPLICATION

TOOLING, JIGS & FIXTURES

Produce strong, lightweight, better performing tooling, jigs and fixtures, at less time and cost, to aid manufacture and assembly across production lines.

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SPARE PARTS ON DEMAND

Print parts on demand, from anywhere in the world, with no need to hold stock, reducing the risk of unexpected supply chain delays.

MAINTENANCE, REPAIR & OPERATIONS

Easily manufacture obsolete parts, and design and 3D print one-off parts for highly specific functions.

LIGHT-WEIGHT END-USE PARTS

Manufacture bespoke, light-weight end-use parts, such as cabin components and custom dashboard parts, adapting to any unique customer request, using Aerospace ready materials.

DESIGN & PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT

Dramatically shorten prototype production times, from weeks to hours, and unlock full design freedom.

Want to learn more?

LISI Aerospace utilises Markforged 3D

printers in everyday production of high quality parts

“When you can so easily see the improvements from applying Additive, it just makes you want to drive forward and change everything!

There is so much more we can do, and applications we aren’t even aware of yet.”

Daniel Bostridge,

Production Manager

LISI Aerospace

“The cost savings have been huge. If we no longer used Additive, Senior Management would immediately ask us why we are spending so much on tooling, and why’s it taking so long!”


Andy Mainstone,

Senior Manufacturing Engineer,

Curtiss-Wright Sensors UK

Curtiss-Wright Sensors UK 3D print bespoke same-day tooling direct to the production line

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MATERIALS PURPOSE-BUILT FOR AEROSPACE

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3D print in ULTEM™ 9085 Filament

Print parts in ULTEM™ 9085 Filament (Polyetherimide, PEI) high temperature material to Markforged's composite industrial 3D printer, the FX20.

This functional thermoplastic material has outstanding elevated thermal resistance, high strength and stiffness, and broad chemical resistance.

With the option to reinforce with Carbon Fibre, you can additively manufacture high performance parts, complete assemblies, large tooling, prototypes and production parts.

Aeropsace Specialist Additive Platforms

Markforged Additive Platforms are the simplest way to fabricate advanced composite and metal parts, with functional materials available:

  • Specialist Nylons;

    • Onyx, a non-marring Nylon with micro-carbon fibres, is ideal for tooling and production aids

    • Flame-retardant Onyx FR-A and Carbon Fibre FR-A are Aerospace specific materials and come with lot-level material traceability

  • Metals including Inconel, Copper and ​Stainless Steel enable you to print complex geometries

  • Blacksmith, an in-process laser inspection system provides part consistency and approval

  • Ongoing NCAMP qualification for Onyx FR-A and Carbon Fiber FR-A on the X7 

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Customers use Markforged 3D printers to manufacture parts for Aerospace because they are:

  • Flame retardant                                       

  • Easy to finish                                             

  • Strong                                                          

  • Short lead time

  • Lightweight

  • Customisable

  • Repeatable

  • Low cost

Print customised parts for in-cabin solutions

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Hangar One Avionics: Cockpit Console and Cupholders

BUILD YOUR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

As an independent Solutions Provider for Additive Manufacturing Technologies, we will share our industry knowledge with you, so your company can gain a competitive advantage.

Contact our team to discuss your application.