The GE9X, the largest jet engine in the world developed for Boeing’s next-generation 777X jets, took its maiden flight on the GE flying testbed in March 2018. Discover how its crucial 3D-printed turbine parts were created using Materialise software solutions, and how these same solutions can power certified series manufacturing in Industry 4.0.
Since it opened in April 2016, Materialise’s production site for metal 3D printing in Bremen has expanded to include more new 3D metal printers. Materialise Streamics software ensures optimum, cost-saving management of the printers and the orders completed with them. Process engineer Philip Buchholz explains how Streamics has been modified to meet requirements from a growing pool of printers to diverse customer needs.
When it comes to retrofitting for aircraft, time is of the essence. During cabin retrofits, the integration of newly designed elements might create a need for adapting or redesigning some panels or spacers, which are typically required in low volumes and short timeframes. With tight retrofit timescales to meet, Airbus was looking for a quick and smart solution to produce these spacer panels, and they found it in Materialise’s Certified Additive Manufacturing.
Solutions: 3-matic, Lightweight Structures, Metal 3D Printing
With Materialise software that is perfectly compatible with simulation and analysis software, you can create strong and light industrial metal parts. This aerospace part was 3D printed in Titanium at our metal competence center in Bremen, with a 63% weight reduction compared to the traditionally manufactured part.
328 handles the maintenance, modification and refurbishment of the Do328 fleet. In preparation to re-launch serial production of this aircraft, 328 works with Materialise to make plastic spare parts lighter, cheaper, and faster to produce.
Each kilogram put into orbit costs around $20,000. Every gram saved helps make space a more attainable frontier. So Materialise worked together with the engineering division of Atos, a global leader in digital services, to reinvent a titanium insert that is widely used in satellites.
Streamics and Magics, two of our leading software packages, support Avio Aero in manufacturing lightweight titanium blades for jet engine turbines: from preparing builds for the different Additive Manufacturing machines, to offering the necessary automation, control and traceability required to produce regulated aviation parts.