Products should only consume the resources that are necessary for them to function properly. Given that raw material consumption – and therefore resource prices – is growing worldwide, reducing material consumption is increasingly important for product development and production. EOS 3D printing technology makes it possible to design and manufacture high-strength lightweight structures where conventional production processes fail.
For most components, extra material with conventional production can be removed at the design stage. During production, material is only applied where it is functionally necessary.
This results in lightweight, high-strength parts, many of which are used in the aerospace industry. Every gram saved can mean a considerable amount of money saved over the full lifecycle of the part while also helping to protect the environment.
The design freedom of the additive manufacturing process helped us enormously. It allowed us to adapt the design to our requirements and achieve optimal compatibility with our self-developed battery management system – in the shortest possible time, at low cost and with a fully lightweight design.
According to data from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in 2016, mission costs of space travel are over €20,000 per kilogram of transported payload. Every gram saved reduces the total cost of a rocket launch. The engineers must fine-tune every single part to ensure an optimally designed, light and stable antenna mount.
At the Swiss company RUAG, they were successful:
Airbus is a global leader in the aerospace industry and related services. 3D printing technologies from EOS helps the company to build a more cost- and resource-efficient aircraft. Additively manufacturing a locking shaft for aircraft doors achieved remarkable results:
The component was made from titanium on the EOS system EOS M 400-4.
Do you want to “rethink” your components?
Are you interested in implementing complex geometries, integrating functions, eliminating assembled parts and reducing weight?
Lightweight parts reveal the full potential of additive manufacturing.
Other advantages of 3D printing include: bionics, functional integration, complexity and product customization.
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