Metro Aerospace has an ingenious microvane product design that delivers SLS thermoplastic 3D printed modifications to the exterior of cargo aircraft to reduce drag and improve fuel consumption by 4%. Emirates Airlines now has 3D printed fire resistant cabin parts that reduce weight of the original part by 9-13% and are produced on-demand, reducing inventory costs and time of aircraft on ground. Airbus Space and Defense has developed the first metal 3D printed radio frequency (RF) filter, tested and validated for use in commercial telecommunications satellites.
3D Systems showcased how advancements in its digital manufacturing technologies can offer viable, enhanced alternatives to traditional manufacturing processes. By providing access to accelerated, cost-efficient means of production, 3D Systems provides its customers a competitive advantage in designing and manufacturing unique and low volume products. At formnext 2016, the company highlighted three key technology innovations driving this shift: Digital Molding, materials innovation and advanced software solutions.
Human/robot collaboration requires intelligent and safe grippers. In technology studies, SCHUNK shows what is important for HRC-capable actuators, which minimum standards must be fulfilled and what is already possible today. And what is more: with the SCHUNK Co-act Gripper JL1, the gripping technology specialist sets a new benchmark for HRC grippers of the future.
How is 3D printing making manufacturing more efficient and cost-effective today, and how it can become an integrated part of a long-term manufacturing strategy? How will it change the way we design and build the vehicles of tomorrow? To learn how Stratasys is shaping what’s next, visit them at IMTS 2016 and see the present and future of additive manufacturing.