3D printing for aerospace

Your additive manufacturing partner across the entire aerospace supply chain

Short lead times, affordable small series, a different way of making flight-ready parts: add additive to your mix of aerospace manufacturing technologies.

From the industry’s leading OEMs to eVTOL start-ups, from MROs to tier one and two suppliers, Materialise engages with the full span of the aerospace supply chain. As a POA holder, we offer additive manufacturing of flying parts — as well as innovation and adoption support for every stage of your journey.

We were there during additive manufacturing’s earliest days and have since helped many new applications evolve and succeed. And we will be there to help your ideas fly. Safely.

3D printing for aerospace

Your additive manufacturing partner across the entire aerospace supply chain

Short lead times, affordable small series, a different way of making flight-ready parts: add additive to your mix of aerospace manufacturing technologies.

From the industry’s leading OEMs to eVTOL start-ups, from MROs to tier one and two suppliers, Materialise engages with the full span of the aerospace supply chain. As a POA holder, we offer additive manufacturing of flying parts — as well as innovation and adoption support for every stage of your journey.

We were there during additive manufacturing’s earliest days and have since helped many new applications evolve and succeed. And we will be there to help your ideas fly. Safely.

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In safe hands

We help aerospace companies tap the potential of additive manufacturing (AM) with confidence — through certified manufacturing and specialist consultancy services.

We are an EASA Part 21.G-certified holder of production organization approval (POA), providing additive manufacturing services for flight-ready parts. We also offer manufacturing certified to the standards of Airbus AIPI and EN9100.

We were there during additive manufacturing’s earliest days and have since helped many new applications evolve and succeed. And we will be there to help your ideas fly. Safely.

In safe hands

We help aerospace companies tap the potential of additive manufacturing (AM) with confidence — through certified manufacturing and specialist consultancy services.

We are an EASA Part 21.G-certified holder of production organization approval (POA), providing additive manufacturing services for flight-ready parts. We also offer manufacturing certified to the standards of Airbus AIPI and EN9100.

We were there during additive manufacturing’s earliest days and have since helped many new applications evolve and succeed. And we will be there to help your ideas fly. Safely.

Certified and certifying

Whether you’re an aircraft manufacturer, supplier, or MRO, we have the accreditations you need to let us make flight-ready parts for you. In addition to existing certified processes, we can help you with the development and qualification of new 3D printing applications and materials.

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Certified and certifying

Whether you’re an aircraft manufacturer, supplier, or MRO, we have the accreditations you need to let us make flight-ready parts for you. In addition to existing certified processes, we can help you with the development and qualification of new 3D printing applications and materials.

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What can AM do for you today?
And tomorrow?

The aviation industry is navigating the most profound period of change since it first took to the skies. AM can help aerospace companies survive today, be profitable tomorrow, and start building the future of flight.

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What can AM do for you today?

The aviation industry is navigating the most profound period of change since it first took to the skies. AM can help aerospace companies survive today, be profitable tomorrow, and start building the future of flight.

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Aerospace applications of AM

From aesthetic cabin interior parts to functional components, a vast range of aircraft parts can be reliably and economically 3D printed today.

Customization, short series runs, and the potential for further lightweighting of components, means that additive manufacturing can play a key role in manufacturing the aircraft of the future —safely, efficiently, flexibly.

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Aerospace applications of AM

TFrom aesthetic cabin interior parts to functional components, a vast range of aircraft parts can be reliably and economically 3D printed today.

Customization, short series runs, and the potential for further lightweighting of components, means that additive manufacturing can play a key role in manufacturing the aircraft of the future —safely, efficiently, flexibly.

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Materials for flight-ready parts manufacturing

Ultem 9085

Ultem 9085 (FDM)

  • Strong, lightweight and flame-retardant
  • Superior mechanical performance and strength-to-weight ratio
  • Good chemical resistance
  • Passes Heat Release, Flame, Smoke and Toxicity tests (UL94 V0, FAR 25.853)
  • Also available as Airbus certified grade (Ultem9085CG), according to AIPI 03-02-029
  • Airbus cabin interior finish according to AIPI 05-02-006 available
PA-2241-FR

PA 2241 FR (SLS)

  • Flame-retardant Polyamide 12
  • Passes Flame, Smoke and Toxicity tests (UL94 V0, FAR 25.853)
  • Produced with Selective Laser Sintering technology
  • Increased design freedom due to powder bed technology

Materials for flight-ready parts manufacturing

Ultem 9085

Ultem 9085 (FDM)

  • Strong, lightweight and flame-retardant
  • Superior mechanical performance and strength-to-weight ratio
  • Good chemical resistance
  • Passes Heat Release, Flame, Smoke and Toxicity tests (UL94 V0, FAR 25.853)
  • Also available as Airbus certified grade (Ultem9085CG), according to AIPI 03-02-029
  • Airbus cabin interior finish according to AIPI 05-02-006 available
PA-2241-FR

PA 2241 FR (SLS)

  • Flame-retardant Polyamide 12
  • Passes Flame, Smoke and Toxicity tests (UL94 V0, FAR 25.853)
  • Produced with Selective Laser Sintering technology
  • Increased design freedom due to powder bed technology

The case(s) for 3D printing in aerospace

We’re a trusted AM partner to aerospace players of all sizes. Here are a few examples of what we’ve achieved together in the past few years.

The case(s) for 3D printing in aerospace

We’re a trusted AM partner to aerospace players of all sizes. Here are a few examples of what we’ve achieved together in the past few years.

FEATURED

Airbus Gets on Board with 3D Printing

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The cross-section of a 3D printed titanium satellite inserts showing the lightweight structures within

CASE STUDY

Titanium Inserts for Spacecraft :
66% Lighter with Metal 3D Printing

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Machine operator from Aero Avio opening an Arcam EBM machine

CASE STUDY

Avio Aero Thinks Additive

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Black color dyed parts 3D printed in PA 2241 FR

CASE STUDY

Lighter, Faster, Cheaper :
Manufacturing Flight-Ready Parts for 328 Support Services

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“3D printing lets us pick parts from a virtual shelf. We no longer run the risk of produced spare parts becoming obsolete too soon.”
- Volker Liedloff, Compliance Verification Engineer, Interior and Safety, 328 Support Services GmbH

Volker Liedloff, Compliance Verification Engineer, Interior and Safety from 328 Support Services GmbH, showing 3D printed flight

Frequently asked questions

  • Aerospace & Aeronautics
  • Which additive manufacturing services for aerospace do you offer?

    We offer certified manufacturing for aerospace applications, prototyping, advanced software, and a broad range of consultancy services.

  • Which software solutions do you offer for aerospace manufacturing?

    We offer software solutions to support aerospace manufacturers in Design for AM, post-topology optimization, AM process control, and AM production management.

  • Do you design aerospace parts for additive manufacturing?

    We are not aerospace design engineers, but we can support your teams in designing aircraft parts with AM in mind, making full use of the design freedoms and other opportunities the technology offers.

  • What types of consultancy services do you offer for aerospace additive manufacturing?

    Our consultancy services, by Materialise Mindware, range from early-stage innovation and applied R&D support, to testing and validation, prototyping, design for AM guidance, application development and certification, building business cases, and AM roadmap development.

  • Are you limited to specific 3D print technologies or materials?

    In principle, we offer the full range of technologies and materials. However, easy availability of processes for aerospace is limited to certified processes. We can advise on process and material selection and help achieve certification of a new process if needed.

  • Which geographical markets do you serve?

    We are the world’s most comprehensive providers of additive manufacturing services. While our core manufacturing capacity is situated in Europe, we serve the global aerospace industry and can support you locally.

  • Which accreditations and certifications do you hold?

    We are one of the few providers of additive manufacturing services certified to Airbus AIPI standards. We also offer services to Form 1 accreditation according to EASA Part 21.G as well as EN9100-certified manufacturing. For a complete overview of our certifications and quality policy, please visit our Quality page.

  • Can you support and advise on the qualification of new additive manufacturing processes for aerospace applications?

    Yes, we support aerospace companies in qualifying new processes where needed.

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