Etihad Engineering, the largest commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider in the Middle East, EOS, a leading supplier for responsible manufacturing solutions based on industrial 3D printing technology, and Baltic3D.eu, one of the largest industrial 3D printing centers in Northern Europe, have agreed to collaborate on a Research and Development project “FDM and SLS industrial 3D printing technology applicability in serial manufacturing of aircraft interior parts”.
Baltic3D has selected Laser Sintering (LS) technology of EOS among other powder bed solutions as a key competence partner considering the achievements EOS has demonstrated with qualification of their technology and materials for aerospace applications. Meanwhile Etihad Engineering, as an industry leader implementing additive manufacturing (AM) technologies in aerospace applications, will be supporting the joint R&D efforts by conducting flammability testing at its onsite Flammability Laboratory, and providing its engineering analysis and reports, as feedback on the designs and prototypes produced within the project.
Within the R&D project Baltic3D will print over 2,000 material coupons in LS technology, using the EOS P 396 machine. These material samples will be tested at the Etihad Engineering Flammability Laboratory in Abu Dhabi, in accordance with aviation standards, including FST, heat release tests. It will be followed by creating several prototypes for aircraft interior part designs using LS technology.
Janis Jātnieks, co-founder and Board member of Baltic3D says “From part design to the end part manufacturing and certification, the aviation supply chain is heavily hit by COVID-19. With this R&D project we aim to significantly reduce time and money for Design organizations and OEMs have to invest to add additive manufacturing as additional manufacturing route to existing production or even to completely switch to complex parts production using AM. Our plan is to establish a comprehensive test and manufacturing data set that would help aerospace engineers to develop part designs for AM with high level of confidence.”
Markus Glasser, Senior Vice President EMEA at EOS adds: “EOS constantly is striving to be the most trusted partner with proven and reliable technology, continuously complying with the requirements of the aerospace industry. Over the last few years, we have managed to fully qualify our technology – meaning qualified materials, processes and systems for the aerospace world. Aerospace demands reliable data, which is the primary aim of this project, and thereby we firmly believe that this project will substantially accelerate the adoption of AM in aerospace.
He continues: “Baltic3D intends to increase the access of 3D printing know-how and test results to make adoption of industrial 3D printing faster and easier for any aviation company. We share the same mindset as both of our companies are committed to highest quality solutions for our customers, as well as constant technology innovation and cost reduction for complex parts. We look forward to support Baltic3D and Etihad on this innovation journey, as such bringing the production of aircraft interior parts even closer towards true serial additive manufacturing.”
EOS provides responsible manufacturing solutions via industrial 3D printing technology to manufacturers around the world. Connecting high quality production efficiency with its pioneering innovation and sustainable practices, the independent company formed in 1989 will shape the future of manufacturing. Powered by its platform-driven digital value network of machines and a holistic portfolio of services, materials and processes, EOS is deeply committed to fulfilling its customers’ needs and acting responsibly for our planet.
Baltic3D is the leading industrial 3D printing services provider in norther Europe for the last 7 years. The company is based in Riga, Latvia and operates several high-end machines, among which are 4 Fortus 450 industrial 3D printers form Stratasys. In Q2 of 2020, Baltic3D’s sister company AM Craft announced of purchase of 4 F900 systems to produce certified aircraft interior components.
About Etihad Engineering
Etihad Engineering is the largest commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider in the Middle East. As a subsidiary of the Etihad Aviation Group, the company offers maintenance services around the clock, including design, advanced composite repair, cabin refurbishment and component services, from its state-of-the-art 500,000 sqm facility adjacent to Abu Dhabi International Airport. Aircraft hangars at the facility covering approximately 66,000 sqm, including 10,000 sqm of aircraft painting facilities and a custom-designed hangar that can accommodate up to three Airbus A380 aircraft simultaneously. The company has successfully completed maintenance projects over the years for airlines across the world.